No one is perfect; every person has flaws, bad habits or addictions that they can’t or don’t want to change. And while these are personal issues every individual must manage on their own, they can potentially have a great impact on loved ones.

In some cases, they can even affect a person’s marriage. Recently, a study out of the UK found that about 5 percent of divorce petitions filed on one website in the last year blamed the divorce on an addictive video game called Fortnite.

Fortnite and divorce

Fortnite is an online game where players collect (or buy) resources to try to stay alive as long as possible. There are tens of millions of people who play, from teens to adults.

Reports note that the game is causing irreparable strain on marriages due to its addictive nature, and it has been cited in hundreds of divorce petitions.

The bigger picture

Addiction and divorce have long been connected. However, online games, social media as well as online dating and pornography are introducing relatively new types of digital addictions that affect people’s relationships.

A person with a digital addiction like video games can become disconnected from a partner; he or she can lose interest in real life relationships and demands; there may be also be financial strain if the game costs money or if a player stops going to work. These are all problems that put excessive strain on a marriage that — if left unaddressed — could lead a couple to end their marriage.

Dealing with a bad habit during divorce

Whether you are dealing with an addiction to video games, drugs, alcohol or dangerous behaviors in your divorce, it could very well affect matters from child custody to property division. As such, it can be important to consult not only an attorney under these circumstances, but also psychologists, children’s advocates and financial professionals to ensure you can pursue a fair settlement that allows all parties to focus on the future.