Previously, we have discussed how depression can affect your divorce case. How about in case of a child custody case?
For Haque Legal, we know the importance of keeping custody of your child. With that, let us discuss the effect of a diagnosis of depression in your child custody case in this article.
According to the Mayo Clinic, depression is “a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called a major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.”
While major depressive disorder requires a clinical diagnosis for it to be considered admissible in court, there is a big chance that it would affect the results of the divorce proceeding. How about in case of a child custody case?
When it comes to a child custody case, there are a couple of things that you need to know about. Let us begin.
Mental Illness Does Not Disqualify A Parent
Mental illness in itself will not disqualify a parent from getting custody of a child. However, it will likely influence the decision that the court will make if the following facts occur:
- Mental illness affects the parenting ability of the parent.
- Mental illness affects the relationship with the child.
- Mental illness affects the ability of the parent to provide for the child.
Mental illness affects the parenting ability of the parent.
Many mental illnesses occur as a result of trauma. When an individual has a mental illness, the court needs to determine if it affects the ability of the parent to parent the child.
In some instances, an individual who is diagnosed with depression can still function on most days but have really down days. In a few instances, an individual who is diagnosed with depression becomes unable to take care of themselves, much more than another person.
If you are unable to prove that your depression will not affect your relationship with your child, the court will likely consider it as a negative factor.
Mental illness affects the relationship with the child.
A mental illness can be personal to the parent. In this case, the court will not negatively look at the relationship too much.
However, when the relationship between the parent and the child becomes affected, it will be taken negatively by the court.
Mental illness affects the ability of the parent to provide for the child.
If your mental illness affects your ability to provide for your child and pay for your obligations, your case would be negatively affected. The best parent for the child is the parent who knows how to provide for the needs of the child.
In the next article, we will discuss how mental health could affect a custody battle in Michigan.
Haque Legal is Here To Help
We have been around. We have handled hundreds of cases on family law, custody battles, and parenting. We can help you fight for your rights and work your way around getting that parenting time that you deserve. Haque Legal is here. You can find that the best kind of experience for you is to hire our law firm.
Here at Haque Legal, we always have your back. Make sure that on your first free consultation we tell you everything that you need to know about your divorce or custody case as well as the cost and the expenses that would be associated with it.
The consultation is free for the first time because we understand that you need to at least have that guidance coming from a reputable law firm and lawyer to assess your case. If you have concerns about your divorce or custody case and you need a lawyer to handle it you can always contact our law firm and we can talk about your situation and the best way that we can handle it, especially in terms of the expenses.
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