This post is written to conclude and recap our series on the handling of Little Rock, Arkansas child custody cases which involve drug use by one of the parents. We felt it was necessary to write on this topic due to the fact that many parents do not know how to proceed when their counterpart is abusing a controlled substance. It is important that one, who finds themselves in such a situation, not engage in “self help” and that they, instead, go through the legal system. The goal of our last several articles has been to help people understand what they can expect when dealing with that system. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you are in need of assistance then call our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We have addressed several topics over our recent articles. Issues which we have analyzed include:
- Filing to change child custody over parental drug use
- The first hearing in a child custody case
- Litigating a child custody matter which involves drugs
- How marijuana impacts child custody cases
- How heroin or methamphetamine impact child custody cases
We addressed these issues for multiple reasons. First, it is important that parents follow the steps in filing for a change of custody and that they not engage in self help. In cases which involve drugs, the Court will often grant an expedited hearing. Second, knowing what to expect at the initial hearing, and from the litigation process, can help to ensure that things go smoothly. Third, marijuana use, even with a medical prescription, can result in the Court modifying one’s custody arrangement. Finally, Judges can be expected to take a very harsh view of those who use “hard” drugs.
One point we stressed in each of these articles is that parents should contact a Little Rock child custody lawyer immediately if they believe their counterpart is using drugs. It is important that you contact counsel sooner, rather than later, so that they may take immediate steps to deal with the situation. Our attorneys are ready to assist you in such matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of Arkansas.