This is the first post in a series which will discuss an issue which, unfortunately, occurs too often. That issue is how drug use by a parent can impact Little Rock, Arkansas child custody proceedings. It is understandable that parents may not know how to proceed when they find themselves in a situation which involves their counterpart abusing a controlled substance. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help people to better understand their options. It is also our goal to provide information which can help people to make an informed choice when they are selecting a family law attorney. If you require assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing several topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Filing for a change of custody due to drug use
- What to expect at the initial hearing
- The process of litigating such a case
- How Courts typically view matters which involve marijuana
- How Courts typically view matters involving heroin, methamphetamine, or “hard drugs”
We have chosen to address these topics for several reasons. First, many do not know what the first step is when they believe their counterpart is abusing drugs. This is why understanding the process, of filing for a change of child custody, is crucial. Second, knowing what to expect at, and beyond, the first hearing can help to make the process go as smoothly as possible. Third, the Court will seldom make its final decision at the initial hearing; it is important to understand the litigation process which one will face. Finally, how the Court views cases which involve marijuana can differ from those matters which involve “hard drugs.”
One point we cannot stress enough, is that you should speak with an attorney as soon as possible if you believe that the situation is posing a risk to your son or daughter. Many parents make the mistake of engaging in “self help” and taking matters into their own hands. The Court will frown on such conduct. By speaking with counsel sooner, rather than later, you help to ensure that things are handled appropriately. Our Little Rock child custody lawyers pride themselves on providing the highest level of service and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
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