Health Considerations for Fathers in Family Law Cases

The importance of personal health cannot be overemphasized. Good personal health can extend your life and give you the energy to deal with stress and the fortitude to recover from illness. As a corollary, poor health can shorten your life expectancy and make it harder to deal with stress and illness.

Unfortunately, maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes more challenging in this day and age, as advancing technologies make leaving the confines of your home unnecessary. As a result, people need to make a conscious effort to establish good habits and make lifestyle changes for promoting mental and physical health. This is particularly true for divorced parents.

Men’s Health Issues

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third of men aged 20 or above suffer from obesity and high blood pressure. Furthermore, nearly half of adult men fail to meet the federal physical activity guidelines for physical activity. Given that heart disease is the leading cause of death for men, it is important for fathers to start developing healthy habits.

For instance, high blood pressure is a health condition that can negatively impact a person’s mood, energy levels, and cognitive ability. High blood pressure is strongly correlated with a condition known as “mild cognitive impairment” and can significantly increase a person’s risk of stroke.

Stress can also negatively affect a person’s physical and mental health and is strongly linked to high blood pressure. Given that divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience, its impact on men’s health is significant. Furthermore, parenting is one of the most physically and mentally demanding responsibilities for an adult. Without a strong foundation for health, parental duties, or matters regarding divorce, become much more taxing and could further deteriorate your health.

Health and Family Law

Health can be an important factor in child custody cases. Under California law, courts are required to evaluate factors associated with the best interests of a child when resolving issues of child custody. Matters that impact a child’s safety, health, and wellbeing are the issues that will ground the court’s analysis of child custody matters. Courts will look at a parent’s physical and mental health as part of its analysis. If a father’s poor health could possibly impair their ability to provide for the child’s needs, this fact might be used against them when determining child custody.

Child custody is also a central issue in divorce cases, serving as the basis for matters such as child support and possession of the family residence. A parent with primary custody of a child is entitled to receive child support payments from a noncustodial parent. Furthermore, a custodial parent has a better chance of receiving exclusive possession of a family home as courts consider maintaining a stable, familiar, home environment is vital to the child’s wellbeing.

Benefits and Methods of Improving Health

As mentioned above, good health generally gives people more energy and better resistance to disease. When it comes to heart disease, improved cardiovascular health can reduce blood pressure, improve a person’s stamina and mood. Not only can this give fathers the necessary energy to keep up with their kids, but it can also develop their patience and give them the mental resilience to calmly deal with the difficulties of parenting.

Here are some tips that can lead to substantial improvements in personal health:

  • Increase physical activity: Starting a regular exercise routine is one of the most effective ways of combatting heart disease and is also associated with decreasing a person’s risk of mental decline and dementia in later years.
  • Nutritional diet: Eating less calorie-dense foods like sugars and fats and eating more food that is nutritionally rich can lead to a significant improvement in cardiovascular health.
  • Cutting down on vices: Alcohol and tobacco are major contributors to heart disease and mental health issues. Reducing or eliminating the use of alcohol or tobacco can also quickly improve a person’s health.
  • Be engaged with your health: Being mindful and engaged with your pursuit of a healthier lifestyle and habits requires conscious effort. Journaling your nutritional and exercise progress is a great way to stay on track of your health goals. Making regular doctor’s appointments to screen and prevent disease is also an essential part of securing your personal health.

Focusing on developing a healthier lifestyle will not only allow you to personally reap the benefits of good health but will also give you the experience and understanding from which you can impart suitable lessons regarding health for your children and family.

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If you need legal advice regarding a family law matter, you should consult a skilled attorney at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich. Our legal team is committed to advancing the interests of families in Temecula and throughout Southern California.

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