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Signs that a divorce might be necessary

The decision to divorce can be a tough one for some Wisconsin residents. However, there might be some circumstances in which it is necessary. Among these are situations in which there is abuse or addiction.

Abuse is not just physical. It may be emotional or verbal, but it can take a person some time to realize how bad the abuse is, particularly if it happens gradually. In some cases, a person may only realize the seriousness of the situation until the parent turns the abuse toward the couple's children. At that point, divorce may be necessary.

For children whose parents are not abusive, the atmosphere of conflict can still be stressful. A marriage in which parents are fighting constantly and seem to neither like nor respect one another can set a bad example. Parents might want to spare their children from the instability of a divorce, but a home full of conflict can be harmful as well.

A spouse may also have an untreated addiction. When the spouse has multiple run-ins with law enforcement because of a problem with alcohol or drugs and will not complete a treatment program, the other spouse may decide that divorce is the best option.

If the marriage is a high-conflict one but there is no abuse or addiction, parents may be able to come to an accord on child custody and visitation. However, if there is abuse or addiction, the parent who is not abusive or an addict may be concerned about the well-being of any children in the relationship. This could mean going to court and asking that the parent only be allowed supervised visitation or even blocking access. A judge generally tries to ensure that a child is able to build a relationship with both parents, but all decisions are made with the best interests of the child as a guide.

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