This is the first post in a series of articles addressing child custody cases involving parental drug use in Dayton, Ohio. The care and custody of your child is of utmost importance. When one parent suspects the other of abusing drugs, it will undoubtedly become a key issue in a custody dispute. Many parents do not know how to proceed through the legal system to protect their child. The goal of this series is to address some of the common questions parents ask when faced with this situation and to provide information to assist you in choosing experienced counsel to represent your interests. If you need assistance with a custody matter, contact our office as soon as possible to speak to an attorney.
In this series, we will address the following issues:
- Requesting a change in custody as a result of parental drug use
- Discovery related to the use of illegal drugs by a parent in a custody case
- What to expect during a custody trial
- Dealing with parental abuse of prescription drugs or marijuana
- Changes in child custody resulting from “hard” drug use
- How to proceed after the trial
When a parent suspects that their child’s other parent is abusing drugs, it is important for that parent to have a basic understanding of the legal process required to request a change of custody from the court. This series will review what one can expect during that process. The inherent danger, illegality and ongoing impairment of a parent’s use or possession of illegal drugs may constitute grounds for some type of custody or parenting time change. The existence of objective evidence of drug use will be required by the Court to issue an order to change custody or parenting time, which can be obtained through the discovery process and presented to the Court at trial.
These issues are often emotionally charged and contentious. The prospect of a trial may seem daunting. We cannot overemphasize the importance of retaining an experienced family law attorney to assist you throughout the process. Contact our office today to speak with a Dayton child custody lawyer. 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.