We are well versed in Mental Disorders and the various mental health issues it addresses. We work with mental health professionals on a regular basis, some of whom may be treating our clients and others that are experts we may rely on in a particular case. In some instances, we are called upon to defend one parent against cruel attempts to exploit a mental health disorder to gain a tactical advantage in litigation.
We do so by understanding our client’s condition and treatment protocol and ensuring they are in complete compliance with their treatment plan. When necessary, we invoke the protections afforded to our clients in law.
At other times, we are called upon to represent concerned parents seeking to protect their children from a parent who has rejected his or her diagnosis or is not compliant with their treatment plan-which often has a devastating impact on the family.
We regularly need to address substance abuse issues as well, which are often a corollary to an underlying mental health issue. We have successfully requested, and opposed requests, for orders compelling random drug and alcohol testing.
We also frequently represent parents of children with special needs, and are often called upon to establish appropriate parenting schedules that provide much-needed stability for the children, and legal custody arrangements that ensure a parent will have the ability to obtain necessary services for their children without having to litigate every decision that needs to be made.