Lisa Beth Older, Esq., a New York Custody Lawyer, Analyzes Post Partum Depression and Child Custody

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Lawyer Gives Expert Opinion Regarding How Post Partum Depression May Change the Outcome of Custody Cases Based on a Recent Case Discussed in The New York Times

Lisa Beth Older says that "New York Divorce lawyers should be cognizant of Post Partum depression" in arguing all New York custody cases dealing with mothers that just gave birth. Marital dissension or custody battles often require that parties seek professional psychiatric help. Availing oneself of psychiatric services during transitional stages such as custody battle should not be used against a party.

Lisa Beth Older, Esq. states that issues surrounding post partum depression often arise in her child custody cases. In analyzing post partum depression, she alludes to a case she read in the New York Times. According to a New York Times article published on February 2, 2013, in the case of Sporn v New York City Administration, (Index No.100091/2013, New York City Supreme Court) the alleged underlying facts were that the Mother had undergone in vitro fertilization with an anonymous donor and was raising the baby with one Dr. Sporn. Allegedly the Mother thereafter underwent treatment for post partum and other psychiatric issues but left treatment early took the child and rented an alternate apartment, thereafter committing suicide on New Year's Day. According to the article, her alleged condition leading to her death was aggravated by post partum Depression. After the Mother's suicide, the child was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services and the acting father is seeking custody.

Parties in New York with mental illness often avoid seeking mental health services for fear of losing custody of their children. U.S. statistics show that as many as 70-80 percent will lose custody if mental illness is proven in the case. (See Joanne Nicholson, Elaine Sweeny, and Jeffrey Geller. Mothers With Mental Illness: II. Family Relationships and the Context of Parenting. May 1998. Vol. 49. No. 5.) Divorces are often started because mothers of new-born children find themselves in a temporary state of depression, a state which may pass with familial support psychological care, medication and time. Katherine Stone is the founder and editor of Postpartum Progress, the leading blog on postpartum depression. She states in part that statistics show that around 11% to 20% of women suffer from postpartum depression, or 1.3 million Women per year suffer post partum depression. Dr. Ruta Nonacs of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School ads, “Postpartum depression is far more common than gestational diabetes.

Lisa Beth Older, Esq. says that "there must be a growing awareness of post partum depression and how it might affect a client in a custody case" because post partum depression can mimic other, more serious psychological issues." Lisa Beth Older maintains a family law practice in New York City and has represented many women who have suffered from post partum depression. "New York Divorce lawyers should be cognizant of the issues surrounding Post Partum depression" in arguing cases dealing with mothers that have just given birth. By: New York Divorce Lawyer Lisa Beth Older, Esq.

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