Rising Mental Health Issues complicating Divorces Say Nation's Top Lawyers

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chicago, IL While divorce already ranks as one of the most difficult life experiences, mental health issues of spouses and their children are increasingly making the process even more challenging for the participants.  According to a recent survey of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), 67% of the attorneys have seen a rise in the number of divorces impacted by mental health issues during the past three years.  An overwhelming majority of 81% of the respondents say that mental health issues of the parties involved are making the divorce process more challenging.

“Divorce is never an easy process for anyone and having to manage a mental health issue at the same time can, unfortunately, magnify many of the most negative aspects of the experience.  It is essential for a spouse to be open with their attorneys about these challenges at the beginning of the divorce and work together to recognize any unique difficulties that might arise,” said John Slowiaczek, president of the AAML.  “In addition, attorneys should help these particular clients form an individualized set of expectations that could ultimately help to control levels of anxiety and stress for them and their children.” 

In terms of the children of parents and step-parents who are divorcing, 57% of the AAML members have seen an increasing number of them having mental health issues.  In addition, 63% of the lawyers have noted that these particular issues for the kids are making the overall divorce process more challenging.

About AAML

Founded in 1962, the mission of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) is to provide leadership that promotes the highest degree of professionalism and excellence in the practice of family law.  Comprised of the top 1,650 matrimonial attorneys throughout the nation, members are recognized leaders in the areas of matrimonial law, including divorce, prenuptial agreements, legal separation, annulment, custody, property valuation and division, support, and the rights of unmarried couples.  The 1,650 AAML Fellows across the United States are generally recognized by judges and attorneys as preeminent family law practitioners with a high level of knowledge, skill, and integrity and enjoy a reputation for professionalism, competence, and integrity.