judge about to pound gavelThis is the first post in a series of articles which will discuss how a parent’s smoking weed can impact child custody in Melbourne, Florida. I am writing on this topic as parents are sometimes unsure of the impact that weed use has on a case. Misunderstandings can stem from the fact that Florida has legalized medicinal marijuana and many other states have legalized recreational use of the drug. These misunderstandings can have a serious impact on a child custody case. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which people can use to better understand their rights. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a family law attorney. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing a number of topics over the course of my coming articles. Issues which I will discuss include:

  • How Florida Courts view smoking weed in terms of child custody
  • Changing child custody due to the other parent’s marijuana use
  • Whether smoking weed in another state can impact Florida child custody

There are several reasons why I have chosen to address these particular topics. First, it must be remembered that the Court’s sole concern in any custody case will be for the best interest of the child. A parent who is unable to care for the child, due to marijuana use, will not be seen as acting in their best interest. This is true even if the parent is legally using the drug pursuant to a medical condition. Second, the process of changing custody begins by filing a Motion, or Supplemental Petition, with the Court. Third, while a parent’s smoking weed in another state may typically not impact child custody, there are situations where it may.

A point that I regularly stress in my articles, and that I will be stressing throughout this series, is that it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible if you have a legal dispute. Engaging in arguments with your ex, or taking matters into your own hands, may hurt your case more than it helps. Counsel will help you to understand what your rights are in a given situation and will advise you as to the best course of action. As a Melbourne child custody attorney, I am experienced in handling such matters. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to schedule an initial consultation. We serve clients in Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.