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Child custody complications may worry Florida parents

It is no secret that members of the military often go through difficult ordeals. In many cases, the thoughts of their families back home are among the only things that keep their heads up during time of war and sacrifice. Unfortunately, some military members may face family issues, and an ex could potentially try to use certain aspects of military service against a person during child custody proceedings.

Florida residents may be interested in one out-of-state man's current custody issues. Reports stated that the man and his wife divorced in 2007, and before the marriage ended, the man had completed two tours of military duty overseas. During his service, the man developed PTSD and has sought therapy to help with the remaining issues. However, his mental state has apparently had no ill effects on his children, of whom he has shared custody.

Now, his ex is hoping to gain full custody of the kids, and she has cited the man's PTSD in her petition. The court ordered the man to reveal his mental health records, but he does not wish to do so. He did provide a summary of his situation that indicated that he was not a threat to himself or his kids. However, his refusal to provide full records will be taken into account as part of the court's custody decisions.

Child custody complications can make any parent feel as if they do not have control. When personal issues that have no effect on the children are being used against someone, he or she may feel particularly helpless. If Florida residents are facing similar circumstances, they may wish to explore their legal options and determine their best routes for managing the conflict.

Source:, "Can military vet's PTSD records be used against him in child custody dispute?", Joe Dana, July 25, 2017

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