This article is being written to conclude and recap my series on the handling of Florida child custody cases which involve medication use by one of the parents. I considered it important to write on this topic due to the fact that, for obvious reasons, parents can be unsure as to how they should proceed when they believe their child is in danger. This can result in a parent taking matters into their own hands and this may possibly make the situation worse. The correct course of action, as opposed to self-help, is to contact an attorney immediately. The goal of my recent articles has, therefore, been to provide information which will help people better understand their current situation. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of a Melbourne child custody lawyer. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Melbourne child custody lawyer.
I have addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I have discussed include:
- How medication use impacts joint legal custody in Florida
- Florida child custody and prescription drug addiction
- Changing child custody due to prescription drug abuse
- Proving that a Florida parent is abusing medication
- Attending trial in a child custody case
There are multiple reasons why I chose to address these topics. First, while the Court may be quick to restrict visitation when a parent has addiction issues, legal custody will remain “joint” as long as the situation is not extreme. Second, many parents make the mistake of thinking that prescription addictions are not as serious as those involving other drugs. This is not the case. Third, it is important to understand the process involved in changing custody so that one has reasonable expectations. Fourth, there are multiple ways in which a parent can prove their counterpart’s addiction. Discovery is one of the tools available for gaining the necessary proof. Finally, knowing what to expect from the trial process is important to ensuring that things go smoothly.
An important point I stressed in each of these articles is the need to contact an experienced family law attorney to assist you in such matters. The Court takes such matters very seriously and the Judge’s sole concern will be for the best interest of the child. Hiring experienced counsel is an important step in preparing that your case is handled properly. I am a former prosecutor who now devotes her practice to the handling of domestic relations law. If you are in need of assistance then contact us today to speak with a Melbourne child custody lawyer. My office also services clients in the 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.