Mental Health Questions to Ask Your Illinois Divorce Attorney

Posted by Erin Birt | Nov 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Serious mental illnesses such as depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia impact over half a million adult Illinois residents.  The need to address serious mental illnesses during a divorce is becoming more common and it is important to use an attorney that has experience and expertise in divorce cases impacted by a serious mental health diagnosis.  Below are recommended mental health questions to ask your Illinois Divorce Attorney.

Mental Health Questions to Ask your Illinois Divorce Attorney

  • I think the other parent is not emotionally stable, what can I do?
  • I have a list of concerning behaviors in my ex-spouse, can you use it in Court?
  • I am diagnosed with a bipolar disorder, but I take my medications as prescribed, attend counseling, and follow my doctor's orders; will my diagnosis be used against me?
  • My spouse drinks a lot and is behaving erratically, what can I do?
  • My child is diagnosed with a major depressive disorder and her mother/father does not believe it; how can I get the best medical care for my child?

Mental Health Impact on Illinois Divorce

Mental Health or Mental Illness can be addressed by a court appointed evaluator or by an mutually agreed upon psychologist, psychiatrist, or counselor.  If your Illinois Divorce process involves mediation, you can discuss and agree upon the best course of action to address any mental health issue.  You may also need an order of protection for an untreated Mental Health disorder or a temporary Illinois Parenting Agreement to address the safety of your child.  Further a Guardian ad litem may need to be appointment to investigate how the mental health issue effects parenting of the children.

If you need the above questions answered or if you find yourself asking these questions without receiving a satisfactory response, contact us for the answers and we will prepare your case for the best chances of success in court to protect you, your children, and your family.

About the Author

Erin Birt

Since 2003, Erin N. Birt, J.D., CADC has focused her practice on parenting time, divorce, mediation, and substance abuse issues. Ms. Birt's unique background in both family law and addictions counseling help her clients successfully navigate the complex issues of coparenting and divorce. Ms. Birt also devotes her time to presenting at continuing education seminars for attorneys, mediators, and counselors.


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