By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
There are many issues in divorce that can be affected by one or the other spouse’ mental health. The following is a list where mental health issues can determine and outcome of the case here in Palm Beach County, Florida:
1. Custody battles. The job of the court is to determine the best interests of the child/ren. If a spouse is bi polar, clinically depressed, has anger management problems, eating disorders or suffers from alcohol or drug addicition, chances are likely that the other spouse will get much greater time sharing with the children. The spouse suffering from mental health issues may get limited or supervised visits.
2. Alimony. A non breadwinner spouse with mentalhealth issues may get more in an alimony award for rehabilitation purposes as a special needs spouse.
3. Dissipation of marital assets. A spouse who is a compulsive gambler will be accused of dissipating the marital assets, and as a result, will get a smaller piece of the marital pie in divorce court.
4. Unfit to parent. A spouse who abuses prescription medications may be seen by the court as an unfit parent. Ditto for a spouse who returns the children in a dirty, hungry, neglectful state.
5. Domestic violence. A spouse who goes into a violent rage, destroying marital or separate property will be awarded less in equitable distribution of property.
Anyone suffering from these mental health afflictions should seek the help of a professional counselor for the benefit of the entire family and for him or her to be able to better cope with divorce and life in general. For more information about this or other divorce topics, click on the Robin Roshkind, P.A. website at www.familylawwpb.com of call for a consultation appointment with one of the attorneys at the Firm at 561-835-9091.