I am sorry that you are going through this. First you have to decide what is in your childrens best interest and your best interest and go from there, you may file for a divorce and seek custody if you choose or you may try marriage counseling, take care and I hope that whatever course you take you find happiness.
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It sounds like a divorce is probably in order. However, she might have a hard time "getting" the kids with that lifestyle. I have an office in Pleasant View if you want to talk.
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If you are wanting to divorce consult a local divorce attorney and get things going ASAP. The longer you wait the harder it will be on your kids.
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I would most certainly and immediately take actions to protect your children from exposure to the alleged behavior. The allegations are very serious ones decisions should be made while taking in consideration what is in the best interest of the children. I would definitely speak to a family law practitioner given that some of the allegations easily justify a dependent/neglect petition which could result in termination of parental rights. Good luck.
There are many missing facts here. She'll likely get her divorce. I cannot tell whether the house is a marital asset from the facts given. If the norm applies and the house was purchased and paid for during the marriage, it is a marital asset and will be appropriately divided. This will likely involve refinancing it or selling it to allow each of you an appropriate share of the equity. As regards custody, your wife's negotiating position and/or chances in Court appear poor. That assumes, of course, that you are acting properly in regard to the children's best interest. The 13 year old is old enough to testify as to her preference as to where she lives. The younger children will require a Guardian ad Litem to voice their preferences, though a judge may want to talk to them in chambers. You definitely need to discuss your case with an attorney.
I'm sorry to hear you are dealing with this. My first concern is making sure your children are safe. I have worked on a similar case, where the Mother had alcohol and drug problems. She wasn't outright abusive to the children, but her decision-making abilities were impaired because of her addictions. You need to make sure that your wife is not exposing the children to a dangerous situation. Depending on the details of your situation, you might consider filing an Order of Protection against your wife to protect the children, and this would also get her out of your home while the divorce is pending.
If you're interested, you can contact my office for a free consultation. I'm happy to discuss your concerns and see what your options might be going forward.
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You need to divorce this lady. Your 13 year old has the right to tell the judge who she wishes to reside with. With your wife's lifestyle, I believe the other two children will follow with her. Let me know if I can help.
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