This post is being written to conclude and recap our series on how parental drug use impacts child custody cases in Boston, Massachusetts. We decided to write on this issue due to the fact that many parents are unsure of how they should proceed in such situations. Such parents often feel the need to engage in “self help” and take matters into their own hands. Doing so, however, can have a negative impact on one’s case. The goal of our recent articles has been to provide information which will help people to better understand their options as to how they should proceed. It has also been our goal to provide information which will assist parents 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 have addressed a number of topics over our recent articles. The issues which we have discussed include:
- The process of changing custody due to drug use
- Discovery in child custody cases which involve drugs
- Take a child custody case to trial
- How Courts handle child custody cases involving marijuana or prescription use
- How the Courts view child custody cases which involve methamphetamine or heroin
There are several reasons why we chose to address these topics. First, understanding the process for modifying custody is crucial to ensuring that the appropriate procedures are followed. Filing a Motion is the first step in that process. Second, the tools provided through the discovery process are important to ensuring that all evidence of the offending parent’s conduct is obtained. Third, knowing what to expect from the trial process can help to ensure that the process goes smoothly. Fourth, it is important to understand that abusing legally possessed drugs, such as marijuana or prescription pills, can still result in a change to child custody. Fourth, Courts tend to take swift action when a parent is abusing “hard” drugs.
One point we stressed in each of these articles is the need to contact a Boston child custody lawyer immediately if you believe that your counterpart is abusing controlled substances. It is important that you contact counsel, rather than taking matters into your own hands, in order to ensure that your case is handled correctly. Engaging in “self help” can have adverse consequences and, under some circumstances, may even be viewed as interference in the parent child relationship. Our attorneys will take immediate action to ensure that your child is protected. 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.