In 2011, a study looked at 18 different mental conditions and how this affected
divorce rates in different countries. Across the board, it was found that mental
disorders caused the divorce rate to spike 20 to 80 percent. The leading
cause of these types of divorces were addiction, severe depression, and
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Other studies have found that antisocial
personality disorder, histrionic personality disorder, and other conditions
have increased the rate of divorce. Even anxiety has been found to be
a detriment to a successful marriage. If a spouse has a mental disorder,
then this can be extremely trying on the other spouse. Not only can this
disorder cause an irreparable strain on the relationship, but it can make
a divorce itself more difficult, especially if the severity of the disorder
escalates from the divorce.
If one spouse is depressed, this might be exhibited through anger, something
very hard for the other spouse to bear. This may also place other burdens
on the non-depressed spouse, such as the need to earn more money, deal
with more of the family issues, all leading to fatigue and frustration.
The same can be said for those who have a spouse who has an addiction.
This forces more duties on the other spouse, who has to compensate for
the struggling spouse. And the struggling spouse will also be more prone
to shift blame to anything and everyone else. All manner of mental disorders
can increase the most common factors that lead to and exacerbate a divorce.
That being said, it is important to assess whether a mental disorder is
signaling the end of a relationship, or if this is something that can
be overcome. Many mental illnesses can be treated. If the affected spouse
is up for it, then this might be able to solve matters. It is also important
to consider how much suffering is being inflicted on other relatives by
the mental disorder. Also, all other things aside, is the mental illness
the only reason you are considering divorce? Is your spouse's disorder
degenerating, or is it static? There are many things to consider before
approaching divorce, especially if one or both of you is struggling with
a mental disorder. If you have questions about
separation or divorce, then
contact the Meyers Law Group, P.C. An experienced Long Island divorce lawyer can explain what either process
would entail for you and your family.