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Can Seeking Help For Mental Health Issues Hurt Your Family Law Case?

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

While many things have gone from having a certain stigma to them to being completely accepted by society, mental health is not one of them. Often when someone does something wrong, their mental health is usually the first to catch the blame. This creates a bad stigma for even those who are actively taking care of their mental health via scheduled visits to a psychologist or psychiatrist and sticking to a medication plan.

Unfortunately, if you are going through a divorce or filing for custody of your children, it can be brought to light. Just like your doctor, your licensed mental health professional is bound by oath not to disclose your mental health record to anyone not approved by you. However, that doesn't stop ex-spouses from bringing it up in court to use as a potential weapon against you.

However, while they make seek to make a stigma work in their favor, bringing up your mental health in court may not always work against you. If you are regularly keeping appointments and have a lengthy record of taking prescribed medication for your mental health, it shows you are responsible and have dedicated yourself to getting better. Opposed to ignoring instability or going off and on your medication plan frequently, seeking the help of a professional shows responsibility that will only reflect on you in a positive manner.

Despite a stigma about it, the only way that mental health can hurt a family law trial is if you are sporadic with your appointments or prescribed medication. Even then, this can be repaired by recommitting yourself to getting help. If you are going through a divorce or a custody case and worried that your mental health may be used against you, contact us today to talk over your potential options.