Mental Health Issues In Divorce Cases

by Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Mental health issues often raise their ugly heads in divorce cases where there is violence, drug use, alcoholism, or a custody battle over the children of divorcing couples.  In many cases, the courts, upon motion, issue orders to deal with spouses who exhibit unusual behavior towards the other spouse or the parties children.

These cases can be particularly heart wrenching, because the spouse with the problem often doesn’t realize he/she has a problem.  The court, upon motion, can order counseling, anger management classes, parenting classes, rehabilitation, and supervised time sharing or no time sharing at all.  In violence cases, the court can order probation, restraining orders or incarceration.  The court can temporarily postpone parental rights by giving the other spouse sole decision making concerning the children, instead of shared parental responsibility.    

The job of the court is to protect the children and the public.  So if a spouse exhibits threatening behavior during divorce proceedings, the judge must order what is in the best interests of the children and the public.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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