Most divorcing parents go into child custody negotiations hoping to work out a custody and visitation schedule together, along with their attorneys, that they can both be satisfied with and that -- most importantly -- is best for their kids.
Substance abuse, from alcoholism to opioid dependency, affects millions of families across the country. Often, substance abuse contributes to the dissolution of marriages. Sometimes, people who are going through divorce begin to rely on alcohol and/or drugs to cope with the stress or fall deeper into a dependency they already have.
If you're divorcing a spouse who often engages in passive-aggressive behavior rather than handle disagreements openly and the two of you will be sharing custody of your children, you may see that behavior continue in your co-parenting relationship.
Deaths from drug overdoses are at epidemic levels. In fact, unintentional drug overdoses kill more people between 25 and 64 years old than any type of accident -- including vehicle crashes. Here in North Carolina, overdose fatalities related to opioids were over 2 percent above the national average in 2016. Both the number of heroin-related deaths and those caused by synthetic opioids rose significantly between 2010 and 2016.
Like most North Carolina parents, you're likely gearing up for summertime with your kids. Part of you might be wondering where time has gone because the school year seemed to fly by so quickly. The other part might be a bit more stressed than usual, especially if this happens to be the first summer break since your divorce. You have a court order in place, and your kids have so far been adjusting well to their new lifestyle.