Disabilities, whether mental or physical, are an everyday part of life for some individuals. For some the signs of a disability may require the use of special equipment, such as a wheelchair, while for others the disability may be inwards and treated with a pill. Either way, plenty of parents in Massachusetts continue on with their daily lives and parenting responsibilities without much difficulty. However, when it comes to divorce, these normal aspects of certain individual’s lives can have a serious impact on child custody.
Sadly, when it comes to child custody arrangements, discrimination against disabled parents is not entirely uncommon. Bill H1379 was recently proposed to the Massachusetts Joint Committee on the Judiciary to prohibit the practice of discriminating against disabled parents during family law court proceedings. A total of 15 legislators co-sponsored the bill, which was inspired by a report by the National Council on Disability.