Suffering a brain injury often carries life changing decisions that need to be made in an effort to adjust with the injury. Depending on the severity, it can have a significant strain on finances, work, family life, and relationships. It is unfortunate and not uncommon for a brain or any other serious injury to result in a relationship breakdown that leads to divorce.
A brain injury can also cause personality changes including depression, mood swings, irritability and also lack of concentration. Such changes can result in feeling that you are you to stranger; causing emotional strain on the marriage.
Divorce is an emotional process and is understandably a tough process for couples where one party has suffered a brain or other serious injury. It is vital that you have the right team who are knowledgeable and compassionate about safeguarding your interest and future needs.
Brain injury can have a large effect on your home life. You may be struggling to come to terms with a brain injury and the extra responsibilities involved. You may also be facing financial hardship as a result of unemployment.
Central to finalising a divorce after a brain injury, are ensuring adequate child arrangements are in place both during and after the process has been completed.
Children may feel that they have lost a parent as the brain injury may result in a personality change. It can difficult trying to come to terms with a parent suffering from a brain or any other serious injury.
The added pressure of parents separating can have a substantial impact on the children.
Every divorce will have an impact on the children involved. At first there initial reaction is of shock, sadness, worry and anger. In the long run it can effect there emotional behaviour which could become problematic unless some structure is put into place.
The most important thing that both parents can do to help the children through this unsettling time is to communicate to them on a level that they understand. Keep any heated discussions, conflicts or blaming away from the children, instead vent off to a friend or a counsellor. Each parent should continue to play a major role in the children’s life, in example if the father used to take them to swimming classes this should continue upon divorce.
It important to obtain advice on the following:
A divorce can be filed if there has been an ‘irretrievable breakdown of the marriage’ and one of the following five grounds are met:
We understand that life after a divorce with a brain or any serious injury can be a further battle to adapt to; which is why our divorce solicitors work with you to truly understand your needs.
It is important that you obtain the best possible advice from the onset to ensure that you are able to evaluate your options. Our family lawyers aim to understand your needs so they can carefully safeguard your interest to ensure the best possible outcome for you.