There is almost no type of addiction that does not damage your finances. A vast majority of addictions cost money. Drugs and alcohol are expensive, food can be expensive, a gambling addiction is based on handing money over and even a sex addiction can be costly for some in pornography and prostitute expenses. It is not uncommon for addicts to have their addiction exposed as a result of their inability to manage money. Someone who is legitimately addicted is willing to invest a great deal of their money into their addiction, and for some, it catches up to them in the form of debt collection.
For some addicts, retribution for their money mismanagement comes in the form of a lawsuit. Often, a public or private parties will take legal recourse against a person who has failed to pay bills, child support or make other required financial contributions. Some addicts think their behavior will go unnoticed, but a lawsuit comes as a stern reminder that this is not the case.
Collection services are the most common financial reminders that addicts receive. It is difficult for some people to imagine, but addicts will actually become so focused on the object of their addiction that paying bills and expenses will become a non-reality to them. In their financial devotion to their addiction, they neglect their actual financial responsibilities so grossly that those they owe money to hand them over to a debt collection agency.
Addicts may be pursued for their financial short comings through a number of legal service forms. This may include subpoenas, court orders, invoices or any variety of legal collection initiatives. It is common for addicts to believe a false notion that their addiction only affects themselves. This mentality hurts the addict’s relationships, health and reputations immensely, but if that were not enough, it also severely damages their finances.
Addiction is harmful to the addict and to those who depend on the addict for provision, contributions or affection. However, in most situations, legal bodies do not enter the situation to tell the addict to change their ways. This can change quickly when an addict becomes so lost in their addiction that they are not upholding their end of a legally binding contract. For example, when an addict is a parent of a young child and the addict’s harmful behavior is endangering the child, the law will step in. Addicts may think they are free to wallow in their addiction as much as they want, but when they are parents, the law will eventually hold them responsible. Several of the ways that an addicted parent may be held legally responsible for their actions are as follows:
Child support. It does not matter if a parent is an addict or not, they are still financially responsible for their child. If both parents work and provide an income for their dependents, they are both legally financially responsible for them. If only one parent provides an income for their dependants, they are legally financially responsible for them. It is very common for a person afflicted with an addiction to become inadequate at providing an income for their dependants, either because they invest all their money into their addiction or because they cannot hold employment due to the irresponsibility that their addiction causes them to have.
Abuse or neglect. Child abuse and neglect can appear in many forms, however, addicted parents are statistically more likely to commit this type of offense that non-addicted parents. Signs of neglect may include malnutrition or lack of hygiene in children. Abuse is obviously detected by noticeable injuries and strange behavior in children. While abuse and neglect are not direct byproducts of addiction, they can be strongly related to it.