Question: I don't think I can stay married to my wife any longer. I think she's been cheating with a man at her work. They work in Atlanta and we live here in Sandy Springs. My wife was diagnosed as a sex addict and she cannot control her urges. We've tried to send her to clinics for help but the addiction keeps coming back. She admitted that they went to a strip club in Atlanta after work and she didn't come home that night; in fact she did not come home that entire weekend. When I asked her where she was she said that she sometimes gets amnesia from working too hard. I asked a doctor and he said that he had never heard of anyone getting amnesia from hard work.
Other than her sex addiction she's great. She gives violin lessons to underprivileged children, she volunteers for North Fulton Community Charities and she coaches our daughter's softball team.
I was reading your blog and wanted to know if you have seen sex addiction ruin marriages. I don't know where to turn and I'm not sure I want a divorce but we need to do something now.
Answer: In our family law and divorce practice we have encountered sexual addiction. Many psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists and counselors believe it to be a diagnosable progressive intimacy disorder. We have seen the toll such an addiction takes on a marriage. A major cause of divorce is addiction.
Obviously, the choice to divorce or not is yours. But we have seen where counselling can be of great benefit to someone suffering from an addiction. That addiction can be to alcohol, drugs, gambling or sex.
In the wake of golfer Tiger Woods' messy divorce, the New York Times had an informative blog discussion about sex addiction with a few noted experts, including Dr. Drew Pinsky, Maureen Canning and Dr. Joe Kort.
Infidelity is a ground for divorce in Georgia and your wife's actions could severely impact her ability to claim alimony, among other things.
At the Sherman Law Group we take great pride in being highly-regarded Atlanta family law and divorce lawyers. We serve clients throughout the Atlanta metro area and North Georgia.
If you have a question regarding family law or divorce law, please email us or call us at 678-215-4106. We are here to help every day of the year!