Mental Health Impairments
More often than not, cases involving high-conflict litigation typically have one parent with a personality disorder or other mental health impairment. Three of the most common disorders we encounter are narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, and anxiety.
Finding relief from these relationships can be one of the most emotionally challenging (and sometimes even dangerous) processes you go through, and we will be with you every step of the way.
Some divorces or custody cases begin because one party believes the other is suffering from a mental health issue. Many more discover the existence of an issue during litigation. Sometimes a spouse will know something is wrong but won’t know what. Other times, they may know of a diagnosis or have information from a marriage therapist that gives them some insight into what they are experiencing. Either way, not knowing where to turn and what to expect in your case can feel overwhelming. Clients often describe living or co-parenting with someone who has a mental health diagnosis as living in a constant state of “walking on eggshells.” Many more worry no one will believe their story or that—because the other spouse can present as charming and likable—the dangerous spouse will be able to effectively lie to the court, psychological evaluators, and mental health providers.
If you know or believe your spouse or co-parent is suffering from a mental health disorder, it’s essential to address your concerns with the appropriate professionals to determine how this impairment impacts that parent’s ability to parent.