Understanding Mental Health Issues And Divorce

Mental health issues frequently lead to divorce or result from or are exacerbated by separation and divorce. It is important for all family members involved in a divorce to understand that parents, former spouses and children often require therapy and care.

At the Law Office of Michael D. Tracton, P.C., in Sugar Land, Texas, our legal staff has the experience and knowledge necessary to work with clients who are struggling with mental health issues such as depression, bipolar disorder and alcohol or drug abuse problems.

Sometimes, parents become nervous that admitting they are receiving counseling or taking medication for a mental illness will negatively impact the outcome of a child custody dispute. In truth, the best thing you can do to positively affect the outcome of your case is to be completely honest and open.

Seeking Therapy Is Not A Custody Killer

Most courts will not take a negative view of someone who is seeking treatment for his or her mental health condition, including taking prescribed medications, assuming the treatment is working. The mental health diagnosis is not an issue that will preclude custody or visitation. It can be more damaging if you are found to be hiding treatment or if you are not following through with counseling or medication.

Our firm works closely with a network of mental health experts who have the skills, ability and resources to conduct consistently accurate and sound mental health evaluations. I refer clients who are in need of counseling to experienced mental health professionals who can help them work through the tough emotional issues that often accompany a divorce.

If you have questions regarding mental health issues and family law in Texas, I invite you to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer who has extensive experience in the area by calling 281-201-1481 or using the contact form on this website.