Divorce and Disabilities: What Should I Do?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Sep 08, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: My husband and I are getting divorced.  We have grown apart over the 29 years of our marriage and I caught him with another woman.  Actually, it was his secretary.  Then I caught him with my best friend a week later.  They both denied it but I saw pretty much everything and I had a “nanny cam” installed and I saw it all.  I was hurt that they met up in my house.

When I confronted my husband he denied it but then I showed him the video.  He tried to pretend that they were just practicing for some play.  They both have a background in the theater and so do I.  But believe me, it wasn't “Hamlet,” Neil Simon, Eugene O'Neill or "Grease" they were performing.

A big issue I have is that I have some major medical issues, some serious disabilities.  I have diabetes, a very bad back that needs surgery, asthma, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.  I think I got a bad back from cheer leading in college and the other diseases developed over the years although my diet has always been very good.  I try to eat gluten free.  I used to teach aerobics at a local fitness club before my back injury.

I used to work as a nurse at a hospital in North Fulton County and then I opened a business in Johns Creek.  But I closed it because I couldn't stand for long periods of time.  For the past 12 years I haven't worked.  My husband owns his own technology company and it's headquartered in Johns Creek.  He used to be a dentist.

I'm very concerned that if we get divorced I won't be able to afford the doctors and my medicines.  The medications are very expensive and so are the doctors.

What should I do about my medical issues?  Will I not be able to pay for everything if I get divorced?

Answer: We have many divorce clients with disabilities.  There are many ways to address health-related issues.  Obviously, you need to pay your doctors and you need to be able to afford your medications.

One of the ways to accomplish this is to create an escrow account that, as part of the divorce, your husband will have to fund.  This account will be used by you to pay your healthcare expenses.  It can be used to pay for your insurance and it can be used to pay for your uncovered medical expenses as well.  This is something that will have to be negotiated as part of the divorce.  It can either be a contested divorce or an uncontested divorce.

We've used a number of methods to help clients meet their healthcare goals.  Please call us at 678-215-4106 so that we can help determine which method would best help you.

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If you need a Johns Creek divorce lawyer, please call us at 678-215-4106.  Our experience includes serving as a Magistrate Judge, an Assistant Attorney General and as a Senior Assistant County Attorney.

When you need a divorce attorney in Johns Creek, our team will answers any questions you have and help you navigate through any situation.  We handle cases throughout the Atlanta metro area.

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William H. Sherman

With a professional background that includes serving as a Senior Assistant County Attorney and as an Assistant Attorney General, attorney William H. Sherman has great experience, a broad range of legal knowledge and a proven record of success.  Each of Mr. Sherman's clients gets the full benefit of his experience.  Because attorney Sherman has worked for governmental organizations, large corporations and clerked for a judge, he has handled a wide variety of cases from negotiation and trial to successful appeal. Mr. Sherman is very proud of his reputation as a problem-solver who is always available to his clients.  Active in the community, Mr. Sherman and his wife, attorney Valerie Sherman, support many community organizations, sports teams and charities.  Call him now and let his experience work for you.


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