Every marriage is not meant to last forever. No matter what the reasoning behind the divorce, it is important to have legal representation for each side. I almost lost everything because my former spouse said that he was taking care of things and that he would be fair about how the assets were divided. It took several weeks for me to find out what he was up to. It was then that I hired my own attorney and got what I deserved. You should never attempt to go through a divorce without a lawyer working on your side. On my site, I have listed several of the issues that can get overlooked if you are inexperienced with divorce documents and proceedings.
Do you suffer from a mental illness like depression, anxiety, or bi-polar disorder? Is it so severe that it prevents you from working? Does the stress of work restrict your ability to manage your condition? If so, it's possible that you could qualify for Social Security Disability Income for mental illness. Social Security frequently awards disability claims for physical injuries and illnesses. However, claims for mental illness can sometimes be more difficult to win. This is because much of the criteria can't be objectively measured with a simple test. To decide on mental illness claims, Social Security considers a wide range of criteria. Here are three of the biggest factors they'll consider:
The mental disorder listing and its qualifying criteria. The first factor is whether your condition meets one of the disorders that is recognized by Social Security. This is a broad list that includes things like depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, and more. Chances are good that your disorder is on the list.
The second part of this is that the severity of your disorder must meet Social Security's specific criteria for that particular disorder. The criteria includes your ability to socialize with others, your ability to hold a job, and your ability to carry out basic tasks, like cleaning and dressing yourself. Assuming you meet that criteria, Social Security will consider your claim.
Your medical records. By far, the biggest factor that Social Security considers is your medical records. You're responsible for submitting all the necessary records. Social Security doctors will then review the records and generate a report that summarizes your condition and provides a judgement as to whether or not working is in your best interests. Given the importance of this report, it's critical that you submit any and all records that help to document your condition. Contact any facilities where you've received treatment to collect those records.
Subjective evidence. In the event that your medical records aren't conclusive, subjective evidence could sway the board's decision. You may want to ask friends, family, doctors, and coworkers who have seen your condition first-hand to write letters on your behalf. If you've ever been terminated from a job because of outbursts or other condition-related events, submit the termination documentation with your claim. Similarly, if your condition has led to arrests or other legal problems, you may want to submit that paperwork. Anything that is documented and can show the full scope of your condition will help the board make a more informed decision.
You may want to consult with a social security lawyer, such as Espy Metcalf & Espy PC At Law, before you submit your claim. They can help you get your application and documents in order and represent you in any appeal hearings.