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Category Archives: Family Law

Physical Health and Divorce Morris County, NJ

Physical Health and Divorce Morris County NJGoing through a divorce is one of the most well documented, serious stressors that many of us experience during our life. While many individuals may immediately think about the mental health issues and problems with substance abuse that commonly accompany these stressful periods, overall physical health is often overlooked. This is unfortunate, as stress can have an equally significant impact on physical health. Thankfully, there are a litany of ways to reduce health risks by being aware, seeking help, or even choosing less stressful divorce paths such as mediation or even uncontested or collaborative divorce.

Our divorce and family law attorneys understand that while there is no way to completely eliminate health risks during divorce, they may be effectively mitigated. Today, we will review the impact divorce may have on your physical health due to stress, mental health issues, and substance abuse problems.

Divorce Stress and Health: Chatham, NJ Divorce Attorneys

Everyone has experienced stress throughout their lives in one form or another. Anxiety over taking a large test or presentation, sleepless nights worrying about the future of your children, or even just staying on top of your every day responsibilities. While stress is a normal and natural reaction to certain situations, not all stress is created equal. Our Chatham divorce attorneys recommend that our clients monitor their stress levels during divorce and watch out for the following potential health issues:

  • Rapid weight loss or weight gain. Individuals respond differently, but many times the symptoms of harmful stress include rapid change in weight
  • High blood pressure and high resting heart rate. Cardiovascular systems are often pushed into overdrive in times of great stress. This is also normal for short durations, but can lead to long term damage to your health if it is not monitored and dealt with appropriately
  • Insomnia. Sleep disruption is one of the most common secondary effects of stress. The physical risks associated with insomnia include hypertension, diabetes, lack of energy, cardiovascular issues and more
  • Dizziness, loss of balance, or other feelings which may be abnormal for you personally. In general, any sudden changes to your health should be noted and managed when going through a stressful divorce

Can Anxiety and Depression Lead to Physical Health Problems in Morris County?

Various mental health issues which commonly result from the stress of divorce may also lead to physical health problems. Thankfully, anxiety and depression are treatable using a variety of methods from pharmaceuticals, cognitive therapy, hypnosis, exposure therapy, meditation, and much more. Being aware of the potential health issues allow individuals to identify and treat them more quickly and effectively.

Anxiety commonly causes increased heart rate, hypertension, blood sugar issues, insomnia, etc. Issues of anxiety or other disorders such as panic disorder or obsessive compulsive disorder generally cause our body’s systems to kick into overdrive. This overexertion has the potential to do short and long term harm.

Depression is the yang to anxiety’s yin. Common physical symptoms include lack of appetite, oversleeping, inability to exercise, and much more. If you or a loved one are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is advisable to seek professional help.

Substance Abuse and Health During Divorce

Substance abuse can be a band-aid solution for mental and physical health issues which may naturally occur during divorce. However, the potential short term benefits of “self medicating” are almost certainly outweighed by the potential health risks. Commonly abused substances such as alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and tobacco all come with associate health complications.

If you or a loved one has turned to drugs or alcohol to cope with a difficult divorce, please seek help. The New Jersey Department of Human Service: Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services offers support through helpful information, hotlines and more. Not only will these proactive steps protect your health, but it may also protect your legal rights when it comes to important divorce issues such as child custody.

Struggling with Health Issues Due to a Recent or Ongoing Divorce? Contact our Morristown Divorce Wellness Attorneys Today

The divorce and family law attorneys of Townsend, Tomaio & Newmark are proud to assist clients going through stressful divorces in Morris County communities including Morris Township, Chatham, Morristown, Chester, Harding, Mendham, and all of Northern New Jersey. Our attorneys believe that top quality legal solutions include looking after the personal issues our clients face in addition to simply the legal issues. We also believe in mitigating the stresses of divorce or any other family law legal processes by offering highly flexible legal solutions. 

To speak with one of our attorneys in a free and confidential consultation, please contact us online or over the phone by calling our Morristown, NJ offices at (973) 828-0829 today.

Mental Health and Divorce

When spouses are in the middle of a divorce, there are a million things going through their minds. How can I afford this? What will happen with my children? Where will I live? While tackling these complex issues, it can be easy to overlook the physical and mental health of both divorcing spouses, their children,… Continue Reading

What is Considered a Default Divorce?

Contrary to popular belief, not all divorce proceedings are long and painful. It is actually quite common for divorcing spouses to come to amicable terms of a settlement agreement and get through their divorce with minimal interference. In some cases, this may result in what is known as a default divorce. While not all amicable divorces are ultimately… Continue Reading

What is Rehabilitative Alimony in New Jersey?

For spouses going through a divorce, the issue of alimony and spousal support is common. However, many people do not realize that there are actually five types of alimony agreements pursuant to New Jersey divorce law. In addition to the common limited duration alimony and open duration alimony, there is also reimbursement alimony, temporary alimony during divorce, and rehabilitative alimony.… Continue Reading

Adultery and Divorce in New Jersey

It has been estimated that as many as one (1) in five (5) Americans admit to cheating on their significant others. While this number may come as a shock, unfortunately many individuals have already been impacted by infidelity within their own relationship or marriage. Many of our clients will then ask: when a marriage ends due… Continue Reading

The National Economy and Divorce

It may come as no surprise, but divorce can be a costly endeavor. Since 2000, data collected by the U.S. Census Bureau has shown a dramatic correlation between the health of the national economy and the national divorce rate. Researchers have many theories as to why these two go hand in hand, but it primarily boils down to economic… Continue Reading

When Can my Alimony Agreement be Terminated?

After a divorce, many former spouses enter into some form of alimony agreement. Alimony is determined based on a litany of factors, but has no hard and fast rules which govern set amounts. Similarly, how and when to terminate alimony agreements is a legal grey area, with a number of considerations coming into play. Today, our divorce and… Continue Reading

Mediation, Arbitration, & Collaborative Divorce

Alternative Dispute Resolution, often shortened to ADR, is a term used to describe several different methods by which legal disputes may be settled out of court. For issues pertaining to divorce and family law, the most common alternative dispute resolution methods are mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce. These methods are used to keep costs down, keep timelines shorter, and to avoid… Continue Reading

Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Impacts Alimony in New Jersey

Many New Jerseyans are already familiar with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by the Trump administration. Amongst the major changes which were made include alterations to individual income tax, estate tax, small business tax, corporate tax, and much more. What is less known and discussed is that the recent reforms also… Continue Reading

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