How difficult is it for a father to get full custody if the mother has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder?
I am not licensed to practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general information regarding your situation.
I cannot speculate on what your chances are of being awarded custody. I can tell you that in Virginia, where I practice, these are factors that are considered by the court when determining custody and visitation.
There are instances when a court will consider a parent’s mental health, but you will need to present evidence on those issues. If your wife’s bipolar disorder has proven to present a threat to your child’s safety or well-being, then it will likely be considered when determining custody.
However the court is going to look at the totality of the circumstances regarding both parents to determine the “best interest of the children.” As custody and visitation are very state-specific issues, it would be advisable to seek out the guidance of a licensed attorney in your area.