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
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 for
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
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.
Contact an Experienced Attorney at Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich for
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.
For a free consultation,
contact us online or call our office at (951) 506-6654 today.