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Old 05-30-2006, 04:03 PM
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I went to see a physiatrist today for the first time since my ex left. He recommends that I stay of work for a while. He feels I am experiencing severe depression, and feels I’m very stressed out. My question is if I follow his advice can it hurt me in the long run with my legal battle? What repercussion can occur as a result?
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Old 05-30-2006, 05:07 PM
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Obviously your health comes first and yes if your doctor recommends a leave of absence from work then you should take your dr's advice. Can it hurt your legal battle, sorry but YES, my friend. Particularly if you are fighting for custody and access. I can read the ugly affidavits in my mind right now. You will be made out to be an unfit parent as you have mental health issues.
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Old 05-30-2006, 05:12 PM
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The stigma of carrying mental health issues is very real in custody and access disputes. I wish there were an easier answer, suffice to say that if you are under physician orders and you have it in writing, that always helps.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:00 PM
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I was worried about these same issues a while ago when I was diagnosed. Thankfully my ex never fought for the kids, so I can't really say what would occur in a legal battle. But my therapist assured me that by seeking help for my issues and being medically compliant, it only demopnstrate to the courts that I am a responsible parent. That said, for me personally, taking time off work was the worst choice I could have made as it gave me time to dwell rather than keeping busy. To each their own! Just something to think about.
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Old 05-30-2006, 06:41 PM
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FPI,

As Grace mentioned, The situation can really get ugly. Since you are in the midst of a custody and access dispute, you have to remember that evidence is based on a balance of probabilities. The other side can really use it against you. Courts generally rule with caution when it comes to custody and access.

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Old 05-30-2006, 07:46 PM
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If my Lawyer informs the other Lawyer that I have a heart condition, and that for the moment until it is resolved I can't be put through questioning because of the added stress will this effect me.
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Old 05-31-2006, 08:01 AM
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FPI,

I suspect it wouldn't effect your capacity to act as a parent. This is a physical ailment, which can be treated and controlled successfully.

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