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Allegations of parental substance abuse and child custody

Dealing with child custody issues can be enormously stressful. Conflicting ideas about parenting can spark disputes that are difficult to defuse, and your relationship with your child, as well as your child’s wellbeing, may be put at risk. Although it’s always hoped that these matters can be negotiated to resolution, the fact is that that’s not always possible. Therefore, if you have concerns about your child being in the care of his or her other parent, or you’re being accused of something that might jeopardize your time with your child, then you need to be prepared to argue your side of the story.

There are a variety of ways to do this, but one of the most effective ways is to address concerns regarding your child’s care when under the watch of his or her other parent. This week, let’s briefly look at parental substance abuse.

Parental substance abuse can negatively affect children in a number of ways. A child’s exposure to such can cause any of the following:

  • Development of anxiety and depression
  • Increased risk of abuse and neglect
  • The taking on of parental responsibilities when a parent becomes incapacitated
  • Decreased school performance
  • The onset of behavioral issues
  • Trouble creating and maintaining healthy relationships
  • Social isolation
  • Increased risk of child substance abuse

Each of these can have a profound impact on your child in both the short and long-term. This means that it needs to be put to a stop immediately. On the other hand, false allegations of substance abuse can be indicative of parental alienation, which can also be extremely harmful to your child.

In other words, there’s a lot on the line when allegations of parental substance abuse arise. But mere rumors aren’t enough to justify any sort of child custody or visitation modification. Therefore, regardless of which side of this issue you find yourself on, you need to be prepared with evidence and legal arguments to support your position. An attorney who is experienced in these matters might be able to assist you in developing the legal strategy you need to best protect your child as well as your relationship with him or her.


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