This is the first article in a series which will discuss the ways in which parental drug use impacts child custody cases in Boston, Massachusetts. We are writing on this issue due to the fact that, for unfortunate and obvious reasons, a parent will fear for a child’s safety when their counterpart is abusing a controlled substance. Many parents do not know how to proceed when they find themselves in such situations. It is important that a parent handle the matter properly in order to protect the best interests of their child. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help parents to more fully understand their situations. It is also our goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our coming articles. The issues which we will analyze include:
- Filing a Motion to Change Custody on the basis of drug use
- Discovery in such cases
- Taking the case to trial
- How the Court views matters involving marijuana or prescription pills
- How the Court views matters involving heroin, methamphetamine, or other “hard” drugs
There are important reasons why we have chosen to address these topics. First, many parents make the mistake of engaging in “self help” and withholding the child when they believe their counterpart is a danger. The correct course of action is to immediately speak with an attorney and to file a Motion. Second, discovery can be crucial to establishing an ongoing pattern of substance abuse. Third, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that things go as smoothly as possible. Finally, the Court’s view on how to handle the matter will vary depending on the nature of the substance involved and other specific facts of the case.
Again, we cannot stress enough that you should contact a Boston child custody lawyer as soon as possible if you believe that the other parent is abusing drugs. For obvious reasons, it is not in the best interests of your child to be in the presence of such behavior. The Court takes such matters seriously and you must present your case to the Judge as quickly as possible. We pride ourselves on providing the highest levels of service and we are ready to assist you. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.