Mental health issues may lead to divorce, or result from or be exacerbated by, separation and divorce. As with the other personal challenges described above, in order to work effectively with an attorney, manage one’s life, care for children, and prepare for settlement or trial, a person must be in the best mental health condition possible.
If a person was treating with a mental health professional in the past they should resume treatment as soon as possible and continue as recommended by the therapist. The mental health professional should evaluate the person to determine whether continued therapy or medication may assist during this challenging period. It can be mentally challenging and stressful to work thorough a divorce or custody case. Most people in this situation should consider therapy for the support it can provide them. Doing so can be very important to one’s own well being as well as that of any children involved.