Child custody and co-parenting issues can be amongst the most fought over legal issues in a divorce. Sadly, when parents can't come to an agreement regarding these issues the matter is left to a judge to make important decisions. This means that an individual who knows very little about the parties and the child will make living and visitation arrangements that can completely reshape a child's relationship with his or her child. For this reason, it is advisable to seek a peaceful resolution to these matters outside of court if at all possible.
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.
It is no secret that substance abuse continues its icy grip in Florida. Every day, seemingly functional people, are addicted to illicit substances. Their addictions can have long-lasting ramifications that can have a far reach. Perhaps none is more important than the effects parental drug use can have on a child. Understanding how substance abuse effects children can be important for many reasons, but perhaps chief amongst them is to better understand how the issue may affect child custody and visitation arrangements.
Divorce can be difficult for an individual for a variety of reasons. For some, the financial uncertainty that accompanies marriage dissolution can be stressful, but for others the effect of a divorce on their children is paramount. This is why Floridians put forth a lot of time and effort into securing child custody and visitation arrangements that they believe further their children's best interests. Yet, even once an agreement is reached or a judge issues a custody order, the matter can pop back up at any time, potentially leading to conflict.