For those who struggle with mental health issues, they know just how these can take over your life. They’re often “invisible” ailments to outsiders, which can make it harder for other people to understand how they impact your life. One way they could influence your future is because of the link to divorce.
Mental health issues can lead to a higher divorce rate
Many mental disorders have been shown to make it less likely that people will ever get married. Those that do marry have a higher divorce rate than those who don’t have these disorders. This doesn’t mean no one with a mental disorder can get or stay married, of course, but just that they do so less often on average. This is a potential risk you need to consider.
Mental health problems can also affect custody rights
If you have children, that mental disorder may impact your custody rights in a divorce. As noted by the legal experts at Findlaw: “The mental health of the parents plays a pivotal role in determining who gets custody.” The court, after all, is trying to do everything with the child’s best interests in mind.
They won’t necessarily make it so you can’t see your children at all. But they may determine that you shouldn’t be alone with them or shouldn’t be in charge of raising them. This could mean that your ex gets custody of the children and you just get to come over once a week for a visit.
Your options in a divorce
There is a lot at stake for those getting divorced. Mental health issues can strongly impact how things play out in your case. As you move forward with your case, make sure you know exactly what rights and options you have. Discuss your concerns with your attorney so that you can plan an effective divorce strategy.