Substance Abuse and Child Custody
Dedicated Representation from South Bay Child Custody Lawyers
Substance abuse, whether drugs or alcohol, impacts far more people that
just the individual struggling with the abuse issues. Child are especially
at risk for lifelong psychological damage and nowhere is this truer than
in the midst of a divorce. Substance abuse poses serious problems for
custody decisions, heightening your need for legal representation. As
you watch your ex-spouse deal with substance abuse, you may be concerned
that your child will end up living with them. Turn to our firm for peace
of mind as you navigate the complexities of your case.
Fill out a confidential online form today to speak personally with our
child custody attorneys in Torrance.
Will one parent lose custody over substance abuse issues?
Because the court wants what is best for the child, there is no doubt that
a parent struggling with substance abuse is ill-equipped to care for their
needs. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to prove that an addiction problem
exists. The court must be convinced that one parent partakes in frequent
or habitual use of drugs or alcohol. Depending on the circumstances, urine
or breath tests may be administered.
Numerous factors can determine if a parent will lose custody, including:
- Whether the parent has a history of substance abuse
- The type of substances involved
- Whether the parent is willing to undergo treatment
- Whether the parent is currently abusing substances
If you suspect that your former spouse is struggling with substance addiction,
it is imperative that you assume a proactive approach to your circumstances.
Failing to take action can put your child in a dangerous situation and
may even cause your own relationship with your child to suffer.
At Patricia Barberis, A Law Corporation, we have a reputation for taking
swift, decisive action when our clients need it most. We are prepared
to use the experience we’ve acquired in the last 50 years for the
betterment of your case.
Schedule your consultation and learn why our South Bay child custody lawyers are a team you can trust.