When one spouse “quits” doing what is expected of him/her to the detriment of the other spouse there is marital abandonment.2 Types of Marital Abandonment:2.Criminal Abandonment: Criminal Abandonment occurs when one spouse stops providing for the care, protection or support of the other spouse who has health problems or minor children without “just cause.”If you have a spouse who suffers from cancer and you’ve become tired of being a caretaker the court will not recognize your desire to leave someone who is dependent upon you as grounds for a divorce. No-fault divorce laws are in place to make sure anyone who wants a divorce is able to get a divorce. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs.She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system.Flashbacks are at the deepest level painful layers of reactions - physiological, emotional, cognitive, and behavioral - to the reemerging despair of the childhood abandonment depression.One very common flashback-scenario occurs as follows: Internal or external perceptions of possible abandonment trigger fear and shame, which then activates panicky Inner Critic cognitions, which in turn launches an adrenalized fight, flight, freeze or fawn trauma response (subsequently referred to as the 4F's).When I was younger I remember my mother talking about a man who had left his wife.She said, “He quit her.” Quit is not a word you will find in a legal dictionary but it properly describes what happens in the case of marital abandonment.
You are free to walk away from a sick spouse but the courts will view that spouse financially dependent upon you and will hold you financially responsible for helping maintain the care needed via a court order.
Also, if you have a wife and children, you are not free to walk away and discontinue helping your wife support your children.
According to the law you have a legal, financial responsibility to care for and provide for your children.
Here is a map of the layering of defensive reactions to the underlying feelings of abandonment typically found in Complex PTSD.
This territory is best viewed through unwinding the dynamics of emotional flashbacks.