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Impact of Mental Health Issues on Family Law Matters for members of the LGBTQ Community

On our webpage relating to drug, alcohol and substance abuse in the LGBTQ community, we discussed the impact of those issues on Family Law cases. 

But here we want to address mental health issues as they relate to Family Law matters for members of the LGBTQ community.

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), "LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. This fear of coming out and being discriminated against for sexual orientation and gender identities, can lead to depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide and substance abuse."

These fears are compounded for LGBTQ people who must confront the stigma and prejudice arising from their sexual orientation or gender identity, which complicates their willingness or even ability to disclose (much less seek) help for their mental health conditions.  Fear of being outted or rejected makes many LGBTQ individuals avoid diagnosis or treatment. 

The attorneys at Hoge Partners, PLLC are deeply concerned with how their clients are affected by depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, borderline personality disorder, dissociative or eating disorders, OCD, psychosis, PTSD, schizophrenia, dual diagnoses, self-harm, sleep disorder and other mental health issues.  But they need their clients to open up about how those issues affect them, their children and their case.

BOTTOM LINE:  Be honest with your attorney about all aspects of your life -- including your sexual orientation or gender identity -- and about other people who directly impact your Family Law situation. 

We have a saying around here:  "I'm a lawyer, not a therapist."  Doesn't mean we don't care about emotional and mental health issues that affect our clients.  It only means that a lawyer's primary concern is the legal aspects of the case.

If you are LGBTQ and are impacted by your own mental health issues or those of someone involved in  your case, first, discuss those concerns with your attorney and, second, reach out for a professional in the mental health field who can assist you in confronting and addresses them.


Other LGBTQ Legal Issues:

Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and non-heterosexual couples and individuals have other significant legal issues besides dependency, abuse and neglect cases, such as:

The attorneys at Hoge Partners, PLLC will be happy to talk to you about your legal options affected by gender identity and/or sexual orientation.  Call us today.