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Claims of drug, alcohol abuse may negatively impact child custody

Dealing with any type of serious accusation can be difficult. When a Kentucky resident is accused of drug or alcohol abuse while in the middle of child custody proceedings, the situation may have even more at stake. As a result, the individuals involved in the process may need to gain a lot of information on their legal options and how such claims could play out during family court proceedings.

If a person is accused of drug or alcohol abuse and evidence exists that supports those claims, the court will likely order testing. Whether the testing involves urine screenings, nail testing, blood tests or other methods, the results could have a significant impact on custody outcomes. If the tests indicate that a parent has a drug or alcohol problem, the court will likely not rule in his or her favor.

As a result, that parent may only have visitation rights, and those visitation sessions may be supervised by court-appointed personnel. However, courts may be willing to reassess a case if the parent goes through rehabilitation and recovery programs. If a parent successfully completes such programs and maintains sobriety, custody modifications could take place.

Child custody proceedings can have complications even under the best of circumstances. When a Kentucky parent also has to deal with accusations of drug or alcohol abuse, he or she may not know where to turn. Luckily, help is available from experienced family law attorneys. Individuals who are concerned with their custody predicaments may wish to consider enlisting such assistance as their cases move forward in hopes of achieving favorable outcomes.

Source: dmagazine.com, "How Alcohol and Drug Allegations Can Impact Your Child Custody Case", Sept. 26, 2017

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