Need help with critical family situation
February 13, 2008 6:59 PM Subscribe
A family very close to me is having an incredible crisis. Because of my relationship with them, I have to participate and help if possible. It starts with a 40 marriage gone horribly awry.
posted by snsranch to human relations (14 answers total)
The Dad has been calling the police on the Mom because her "lover" has been shooting at him and trying to kill him. The problem with that is, the "lover" doesn't exist. The Mom was arrested when the Dad appeared to have been scratched. She is now essentially homeless and has no access to any funds. She's been totally cut off.
I've known these folks for many years, and it seems that maybe the Dad is suffering from the early stages of Alzheimer's. He's a PhD and will have nothing to do with that notion. And I think Alzheimer's because there is confusion, distrust, delusion, fear, panic and deep depression.
I know that there is no way to intervene unless he hurts himself or someone else (physically).
So, does the Mom have any legal course of action to take?
Has anyone had any similar experiences?
This is pretty dire and there has been talk of suicide from both of them.
Sorry if this is convoluted, but I'm stressed and may not be thinking clearly. I would appreciate ANY advice.