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Does mental health play a role in custody dispute cases?

Many families can face considerable issues that need to be addressed. For parents who are divorced, a custody dispute can prove particularly contentious, and individuals may find themselves having to handle predicaments that they feel do not have a place in the proceedings. For instance, Massachusetts residents may be interested in one out-of-state man's current situation involving his PTSD diagnosis and a custody battle.

Reports stated that the man had served two tours of duty overseas as part of his military service before he and his wife divorced in 2007. At that time, the man had already been diagnosed with PTSD due to trauma experienced during his service. The individuals have three children together, and the custody terms indicated that they would share custody of the kids. However, because the two parents have been experiencing more tension lately, the mother is now vying for full custody.

As part of her petition, she claims that her ex-husband's PTSD is a contributing factor in her desire for custody. However, the man does not believe it is an issue, and he also had a signed summary of his therapy information stating that he was not a danger to himself or his children. The court wants his complete mental health records, but due to privacy and pride, the man does not wish to disclose those records. It was noted that the court would have to take his refusal into account when making custody decisions.

When parties believe that certain aspects of their lives have no bearing on how they raise their children, they may find it unfair that it could be used against them in a custody dispute. If Massachusetts residents are facing circumstances similar to this man's, they may want to determine an effective manner in which to handle their cases. Speaking with experienced attorneys may be able to help concerned parties find their best options.

Source:, "Can military vet's PTSD records be used against him in child custody dispute?", Joe Dana, July 25, 2017

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