Substance abuse and child custody

On Behalf of | Oct 11, 2021 | Family Law

When parents are going through a contentious divorce or separation, they often use their children against the other parent. One way in which a parent can try and hurt the other parent is by accusing them of substance abuse. Of course, there are cases where a parent has a real problem with drugs and alcohol, but it is just as easy for a person to exaggerate or make up false claims of drug or alcohol abuse.

How substance abuse can affect child custody

When determining child custody, the courts typically evaluate what is in the best interest of the child. This can include, depending on the state:

  • Each parent’s ability to adequately care for their child.
  • The child’s relationship with each parent.
  • Parent’s discipline approach
  • History of domestic abuse
  • Ability of a parent to provide a stable home environment
  • Any evidence of a parent’s drug or alcohol abuse

The court may consider how substance abuse can affect a child’s well-being. That is why, if a parent is being accused of substance abuse, they need to take the claims seriously. An attorney who specializes in parental alienation can provide a clear picture to the court that their client can provide a secure and safe environment for their child. They have ways to counter false charges of drug or alcohol abuse and make sure their client’s legal rights are protected. They will tenaciously, efficiently and aggressively handle matters of false accusations and parental alienation. They understand how important it is to protect the parent-child bond, especially in instances where there is a contentious dispute among both parents.