Could A Bipolar Disorder Affect Who Gets Custody?

child custodyQuestion:

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.

Virginia divorce lawyer Jonah Dickey
Virginia Beach divorce attorney Jonah Dickey

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.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, including Virginia divorce lawyer Jonah Dickey, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on,, and, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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