Mental Illness and Child Custody

Are you child’s rights sufficiently protected?

One of the last things that might come to your mind when thinking about child custody is mental illness. But for families who struggle with this condition, it is a very real concern. You may feel that your former spouse suffers from some form of mental illness and believe that this invalidates their rights to custody. If so, it is time to get legal help from a South Bay child custody lawyer.

It can be difficult to protect both your rights and your child’s rights. Fortunately, this is what our firm is trained to do. We have the skills and experience necessary to walk with you every step of the way, addressing your concerns as they arise. With so much on the line, you can’t afford to entrust the future of your family to just anybody. Rest assured in our capable hands.

How can I prove that mental illness is a legitimate concern?

In all child custody cases, the court is required to determine whether both parents are capable of caring for the child. This evaluation comprises the many layers of parenting, including financially, emotionally, and physically. Factors like mental illness can cause the court to label a parent unequipped and result in lost custody privileges.

Should you suspect that mental illness is a problem for your spouse, you and your attorney can raise issues that may point to this realization. Proof of the following factors can all work in your favor:

  • That your spouse is mentally unstable
  • That your spouse lacks the responsibility to care for a child
  • That your spouse has a history of mental illness

The more clearly you prove these issues, the better your chances of receiving a favorable custody decision. An attorney can help you prepare your case and actively fight for what you deserve while in court.

Torrance Child Support Attorneys with 50+ Years’ Experience

When it all comes down to it, child custody is about the relationship you have with your child. A spouse with mental illness can negatively impact this and cause permanent relational problems within your family. By retaining a dedicated legal advocate, you may be able to minimize much of these problems.

Call Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation for trusted representation throughout Torrance and South Bay!