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.