Recently, news broke that celebrity couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are going to divorce. They have four children together, and they are facing the potential for navigating potentially complex custody issues in the months ahead. There is speculation Mr. West struggles with mental health concerns, and it is unclear if this could impact their custody agreement. This type of concern could affect Nebraska parents as well.
Access to children
Reports indicate that Ms. Kardashian is not currently concerned that Mr. West’s personal struggles could impact his ability to be effectively parent his children. She believes he is a good father, and because of nannies and other types of support staff, he will not be alone with the children often if they share custody. There is also the assumption that Mr. West is not around his kids when he is having an episode related to his bipolar disorder.
When a parent is struggling with a mental health issue, it does not preclude him or her from being a capable and loving parent. Like Mr. West, parents who are struggling with these issues may benefit from certain types of support, like having help with the children. Recognizing these needs can help a Nebraska parent provide kids with a stable and secure environment.
The best interests of the kids
The ultimate goal of a parenting plan is to protect the best interests of the kids above all else. When mental health matters could affect parenting, it may be helpful to work with an experienced legal professional to secure the best and most practical custody and visitation terms possible. Struggling parents still have rights, and they are entitled to maintain their role in the lives of their children.