From domestic violence to financial challenges, there are many factors that can have an impact on how custody is awarded. In this write-up, our law office will examine some of the issues surrounding mental illness and child custody. Whether you are struggling with a mental disorder or the other parent of your kids has some type of mental problem, it is important to carefully take this matter into consideration if you are in the middle of a custody dispute (or if you believe that your ex is no longer able to provide your child with the care they need).
Many parents who struggle with a mental illness are able to raise their children in a healthy environment. If you are in this position, it will be pivotal to prove to the court that your mental challenges will not interfere with your parenting abilities. On the other hand, some people are falsely accused of suffering from a mental condition. For example, a bitter ex may want to gain an advantage during a custody dispute by saying that the other parent is “crazy” or incapable of taking care of the kids because of a mental disorder, even if the allegations are baseless.
Mental illnesses can be tough to detect, so it is important to think about your former partner’s ability to take care of your child as well, especially if you have concerns about their mental health. There are many different considerations regarding this aspect of custody disputes, but it is essential to be prepared.