I thought they were private. This is a scary thought. My son was told not to see his psychiatrist by his lawyer so that "You don't open up a can of worms." He was going to get a letter saying he was fine to raise his child. My son was the hospital first when he was thirteen for a week after his dad and I divorced. How far back can you go? I am flabbergasted at what a custody battle entails. 35 isn't perfect, but aren't his records protected? Aren't ALL our records protected? Do our YOUNG kids have no protection either? They can get married and somebody can subpena their records....for how far back? And does his ex get to read his files too? That would make it literally dangerous to go for help. He was told not to see his psychiatrist today? He needs help because of his stress and wants medications. But lawyer said he shouldn't bring up the custody battle and 35 didn't know so he already told his psychiatric. that he needed a letter saying he could raise a child, but his lawyer told him not to get one.This is an excellent lawyer too. And does this mean HE can supbena her records? She refused to take her epilepsy medications and had a serious seizure a few years ago. Is this how ugly ilt gets in a custody battle? So all of our kids with issues can lose custody in court because an ex wife can supbena every medical and psychiatric record her ex husband has ever had? And vice versa? Honestly, if this were me, I don't think I'd be able to fight this fight. I'd probably let it go and figure that the kid would see the light when he got older. I couldn't do this. I'm going to give myself a few days off from hearing about this because the legal system never fails to shock me and this whole issue is stressing me out...and it's not MY custody battle. THere is nothing I can do to help 35. Nothing. His records will doom him...he has been prescribed large doses of Xanax for years and I believe is diagnosed with anxiety disorder, but who knows what else? Ex is just as unstable, but she doesn't believe in psychiatrists and medications so she has no records,a lthough she was told to take Lexapro once, but she never used the script. Our psychiatric records and those of our k ids are on display if the court pleases?