The Family Divorce Law Attorneys of Fischer & Van Thiel, PC, based in Carlsbad, CA, are dedicated to assist

Mental Illness and Child Custody

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 26.2% of adults in the United States have at least one clinically diagnosable mental disorder, such as anxiety disorders, mood disorders, schizophrenia, and personality disorders. When parents are involved in a child custody dispute, the mental stability and health of the parents can make a sizeable difference in the court’s decision of who becomes the primary caregiver.

If you or someone you know has a mental illness and is currently involved in a child custody dispute, you need a qualified and experienced family lawyer on your side. Contact a San Marcos custody attorney from Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP, today at (760) 757-6854.

Mental Illness and Child Custody

When the court becomes involved in a child custody battle, the court will attempt to have the child continue his or her relationship with both parents, if possible. However, if one of the parents has a mental illness, it can complicate matters. Sometimes, parents with a mental illness can retain custody of their child, but oftentimes, this is not the case.

Sadly, the court typically views individuals with mental illnesses as less stable and fit to raise a child. If the mental illness is too severe for a parent to care for their child, they may be granted only visitation rights rather than joint custody of their son or daughter.

Speak with a San Marcos Divorce Lawyer

If you or a loved one is involved in family law litigation or a divorce case with child support, custody, or visitation issues, and need legal representation, don’t hesitate to contact the Fischer & Van Thiel Family Law Firm of San Marcos at (760) 757-6854 today to get solid legal advice and a professional custody divorce lawyer consultation.