Chicago, IL asked in Divorce for Illinois

Q: A counselor has just given me a diagnosis of disorders that she believes I have. How could this affect upcoming divorce?

The diagnosis is incorrect imo. However, could my wife use this against me with regards to seeing my kids?

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1 Lawyer Answer

James G. Ahlberg

  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: The answer depends entirely on the nature of the disorders. To pick silly examples just to make the point, if one of the disorders is that you are prone to blackouts during which you commit violent act, it will obviously make a difference. On the other hand, if one of the disorders is that you are deathly afraid of butterflies, that would almost certainly not make a difference. Without knowing exactly what the disorders are, the ages of the children and so on, no attorney can predict whether they'll make a difference.

Bear in mind, if you think the counselor is wrong you can get a second opinion from someone else.

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