Alcoholism is a disruptive and often destructive disease. Divorce, child custody and Protective Order proceedings are often initiated due to problems caused by an intoxicated spouse. In Maryland, a divorce may be awarded on the basis of constructive desertion. This occurs when conduct by a spouse makes it impossible for the other spouse to continue the marital relationship with safety, health and self respect. Alcoholism or substance abuse, alone, is insufficient to establish constructive desertion. Where alcoholism or substance abuse results in a pattern of physical and/or emotional abuse there will be sufficient evidence to award a divorce on the grounds of constructive desertion.
If a spouse is in treatment or needs treatment for drug or alcohol addiction this may impact an award for alimony. Maryland law favors rehabilitative alimony over indefinite alimony. Accordingly, alimony should terminate where the evidence indicates that the maximum progress towards self-sufficiency will be reached. The amount and duration of alimony is determined by considering twelve factors. Alcoholism and drug abuse impacts several of these factors. Please visit the alimony page for a listing and discussion of these factors.
Please contact the divorce lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson and Herriott, LLC to schedule an appointment at their offices located on Melford Boulevard in Bowie, Prince George's County, Maryland.
Please call the Best Maryland divorce lawyers at Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC at 301-383-1525 to schedule a consultation to discuss alcoholism as a grounds for a Maryland divorce at the Prince George's County offices in Bowie, Maryland. RGPH's Best Maryland divorce lawyers handle matters in Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Howard, Montgomery, Calvert, Charles and St. Mary's Counties.