For parents who are in the midst of a divorce or have recently split up, child custody can be one of the most stressful tasks they will ever have to deal with. Moreover, the outcome of a custody case can have a major impact on not only the lives and futures of each parent, but their kids also. There are a lot of different factors that can affect how a court decides to award custody, and charges related to drugs or alcohol can play a significant role in how custody is awarded. If you were recently accused of a drug or alcohol-related offense, it is important to review your legal options and how this may affect your custody case.
There are a lot of reasons why parents face drug charges. Sometimes, charges result from a one-off incident that in no way reflects a parent’s typical behavior. Unfortunately, this may not protect a parent from losing ground in a custody battle. On the other hand, some people are wrongly accused of a drug or alcohol-related offense, such as those who have drugs planted on them. Moreover, someone may falsely accuse their former marital partner of wrongdoing in attempt to win a custody dispute. In fact, if you are going through or preparing for a dispute over how your child’s custody will be awarded, you may be especially likely to deal with false allegations and challenges that you never saw coming.
The outcome of a drug or alcohol case can have a huge impact on the outcome of a custody dispute as well. If you are struggling with any other legal issues related to this area of law, it is important to think about your future and your child’s best interests.