Can mental health issues be used against you in a child care dispute?

Child custody

Infographic Text: Can mental health issues be used against you in a child care dispute?

Yes, but only if your condition affects your ability to fertilize your child. You are more likely to lose care if your diagnosis has caused:

  • They neglect the basic needs of your child.
  • You have episodes of aggression or self-harm.
  • It can not work independently.
  • Create an environment that is not safe for children.

Only diagnosis can make you lose your child's care. Many adults with mental health problems can be safe and careful parents. For example, if a parent manages their bipolar symptoms in treatment and has no history of abusive behavior, then a judge is unlikely to deny their care.

Finding treatment for your symptoms will probably help you in the event of guardianship. Taking care shows that you are taking measures to address any behavioral problems. While the treatment does not guarantee that you maintain diligence after a divorce, it can reduce your symptoms and help you be a better parent overall.

Bibliographical references:

  1. Jones, G. (2017, March 9). How does mental illness affect child care: What you need to know. Retrieved from
  2. Kvarnstrom, E. (2017, May 2). Mental illness and child care: The effect of treatment. Retrieved from

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