This article is written to conclude and recap my series on how the use of marijuana can impact Arkansas child custody cases. We felt it was necessary to address this topic as many parents are unsure of how to proceed since the passage of medical marijuana laws in our state. The goal of our last several articles has been to provide information which will help parents to better understand their situation. As we have discussed over our last several articles, the parental use of weed may support a change of custody even if the other parent has a valid prescription. How the Court will rule in any situation will depend on the specific facts of the matter. If you are concerned for the well-being of your son or daughter then it is suggested that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Contact our Little Rock office today to schedule a consultation.
I have addressed several topics over my recent articles. Subjects which I analyzed include:
- How the use of medical marijuana may impact child custody
- How child custody is impacted by illegal marijuana use
- Other factors Courts consider in child custody cases
There are several reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, our state’s medical marijuana laws have led to some confusion amongst parents. Some believe that marijuana use alone is enough to change custody while others believe it should no longer be relevant. The fact of the matter is that neither of these viewpoints is correct. Courts will take marijuana use, even with a prescription, under consideration if the best interests of the child justifies doing so. Second, even if a parent is illegally using pot, the Court may not entertain a change of custody. Finally, it is important to understand that the Court considers a wide range of factors when deciding which parent best suits the child’s best interests. Marijuana use, quite often, is only one of those factors.
If you believe you need to change custody then contact our office today to speak with a Little Rock family law attorney. We are experienced in dealing with matters which involve child custody and we understand that this is a stressful time in your life. Our office takes pride in providing a high level of service and we are ready to assist you. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff, and throughout the rest of Arkansas.