Typically, a person does not know that they are marrying an addict, or that an addiction can materialize during the marriage. Whether it be alcohol, drugs, or gambling, addictions have a destructive impact on a marriage. Addiction in a relationship is difficult for the entire family—the addict spouse, non-addict spouse, children, friends, and relatives. There is typically lying, stealing, deception, enabling and other myriad irresponsible behaviors in the relationship. Loving an addict can leave you feeling helpless, frustrated, and angry at their inability to change to save the marriage and family. The attorneys at Bradford & Gordon have significant experience handling divorces where one spouse (or sometimes both) is an addict. In these cases, both the children and the family’s financial security are at high risk. We understand the complex nature of addiction, and how to best help the family endure the devastating effects that can result from the addict’s behavior.