Recently, on this blog, we talked about the effect of parental substance abuse on children and role it can play in child custody determinations. There is no denying that substance abuse can have a profound effect on children, forcing them to take on responsibilities that are far too mature for them and leaving them susceptible to abuse and neglect. This is unacceptable, which is why Floridians who find themselves facing a situation where a parent with substance abuse has access to a child may want to take legal action to restrict that access.
If a custody agreement is in existence, then a modification of that agreement may be warranted if substance abuse is an issue. Unless the parties agree to the modification, the matter will be set for a hearing where evidence must be presented. Observations of a parent being under the influence, admissions regarding drug and alcohol use and even a history of substance abuse can carry weight in these hearings.
Gathering this evidence and effectively presenting it can be challenging, though, which is why Floridians seeking to modify a custody agreement or defend against such modification, may want to seek out assistance from a skilled legal professional. A family law attorney who understands this area of the law can help subpoena documents and witnesses necessary to present as strong of a case as is possible under the circumstances at hand. A skilled attorney can also engage in aggress direct and cross-examination of beneficial and adverse witnesses.
The legal team at the Marin Law Firm is experienced in handling all kinds of child custody and visitation issues. We know how to build competent legal arguments that can spur settlement negotiations, but we are also not afraid to take matters to court, if needed. This is why we have developed a strong reputation and track record of success in this area of the law.