Happy familyThis is the next post in a series of articles discussing changes in child custody arrangements in Dayton, Ohio resulting from a parent’s use of illegal drugs. Our previous article discussed seeking a custody change when a parent is using illegal drugs. Given the inherent danger tied to illegal drug use it is sometimes necessary for a judge to issue an emergency change in custody. In this post we will review another important topic – how parents should conduct themselves following the conclusion of a child custody trial. If you have questions about a child custody matter or believe your co-parent may be using illegal drugs, contact our office today to speak with an attorney.

After a judge issues his or her order at the conclusion of a child custody trial, it is likely that at least one of the parents will not be happy with the outcome. In fact, very often neither party is entirely satisfied. One parent may believe the judge has gone too far and the other may think the judge has not gone far enough. These feelings are understandable given that a parent’s access to the child may be restricted or terminated or if a parent has lingering concerns that their child may be in danger. Regardless of the outcome, it is imperative that each parent complies with the judge’s instructions and the new custody arrangement. Failing to comply with a Judge’s order can result in contempt of court charges or further modification of the custody arrangement. It is essential that both parents honor any new visitation arrangements, ongoing therapy, or rehabilitation and drug testing requirements, if applicable. If a party fails to attend required status checks or other court ordered follow up sessions, such failure may not be viewed favorably by the judge.

Furthermore, despite any ill feelings between the parents, the parties must find a way to effectively co-parent once litigation has ended. Some of the steps parents should take in order to effectively co-parent their child(ren) are openly communicating with one another, sharing information with one another, making sure you abide by the court’s orders, and not speaking ill of one another in the presence of the child.

It is in the best interest of your child to attempt to deal with any issues that arise with your child’s parent in a constructive manner. While it is sometimes necessary, litigation can be stressful on your child. If you do have to engage in litigation with your child’s parent, it is crucial that your child be in a positive and nurturing environment and that they not be put into the middle of any hostilities between you and your child’s parent. Making an effort to deal with your child’s parent as civilly as possible during and after any litigation, will help your child become more well-adjusted on their way to adulthood.

If you are involved in a child custody dispute related to parental drug use, contact our office today to speak with a Dayton, Ohio child custody attorney. We also serve the areas of Beavercreek, Centerville, Clayton, Eaton, Englewood, Fairborn, Franklin, Harrison Township, Huber Heights, Kettering, Oakwood, Lebanon, Miami Township, Miamisburg, Piqua, Riverside, Springboro, Springfield, Tipp City, Trotwood, Troy, Vandalia, Waynesville, Washington Township, West Carrollton, Yellow Springs, and Xenia.

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