This post concludes our series on how drug use impacts Orange County, California child custody cases. It has been the goal of our last several posts to provide information to help people make a more informed decision when choosing a family law attorney. Drug use, unfortunately, is a common reason for which Courts are required to change custody. We cannot stress enough the fact that you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible if you believe that your child’s other parent is using illegal narcotics.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Subjects we have looked at included:
- How to change child custody due to drug use
- Conducting discovery in child custody cases involving drugs
- How Family Courts view cases involving harder drugs
- How Family Courts view cases which involve marijuana
One point we have made throughout these articles is that Courts take custody cases very seriously whenever allegations of substance abuse are involved. Depending on the circumstances a Judge may be willing to grant an expedited hearing to speed up the process. Discovery can be crucial to proving the extent of the offending parent’s addiction issues. Also, while Courts take an extremely harsh stance against hard drugs such as methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine, etc., it must also be understood that Courts will also be strict in cases involving marijuana use.
If you are concerned about your child’s other parent engaging in substance abuse then it is important to take legal action immediately. Waiting to go to Court can, in some cases, reduce the credibility of a parent who is requesting a change of custody. Common sense dictates that a Judge will expect a parent who was legitimately concerned, to initiate legal proceedings immediately. Contact our office today to speak with an Orange County child custody attorney. We service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.