how can I leagally keep money away from my addict wife.

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how can I leagally keep money away from my addict wife.

We have been married for 15 years and for the last 6 she has been on oxycodone. At first it was prescribed, then it was not. My car was just repossessed and we are on the verge of losing everything. I have decent Job making a low 6 figure income but I work in sales so it is not consistent all of the time. I have finally come to a head where I am no longer going to enable her addiction. We have 3 kids and it is time to put them first. I had to open a new account with just me on it for my direct deposit. I am in an enormous amount of debt and currently have no assets. I need some direction here. I am trying to save the house I live in and what is left of a semi-normal life.

Asked on September 29, 2018 under Family Law, Florida

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

As long as she is your wife, there is no way to 100% keep her from your assets, or keep her from incurring some charges you will be liable for, or keep her and her drug addiction from your children. If she has been an addict for 6 years, is ruining your family financially, and you are concerned about your children's well-being, you need to look to divorcing her: a divorce will legally separate you from her--while you will likely need to pay her some amount of support per month, it will be fixed amount, and if she spends more than that, it will be her problem, not yours. And if she is an addict, you can very likely get custody of the children--she's have contact with them, but it will regulated, which is likely good for them. It's time to meet with a family law attorney to discuss this option.


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