Empty courtroomThis article is being written to conclude and recap my series on how a parent’s smoking weed impacts child custody cases in Melbourne and other Florida areas. This was an important topic to discuss as many parents do not know what action to take when their counterpart is unable to care for the child. This can result in a parent taking matters into their own hands, which can hurt their case. Instead, it is often better to retain an attorney and to go through the legal process. I wrote this series with the goal of providing information which will assist people in better understanding their options. It has also been my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of counsel. If you or a family member are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I addressed a number of topics over my recent articles. Issues which I analyzed included:

There are multiple reasons why I addressed these particular issues. First, Florida is like other states in that our Courts will only be concerned with protecting the best interest of the child. If a parent is unable to care for the child, due to being inebriated, then this is something the Court will consider. Second, a parent may change child custody due to marijuana use as issues involving narcotics typically are considered “changed circumstances” which will warrant Court review. Third, a parent’s smoking weed in another state may, or may not, impact child custody depending on the situation.

A key point that was stressed throughout this series is the need to contact counsel immediately if you are involved in a family law dispute. Withholding visitation, or engaging in other forms of “self help” can result in the Court being less inclined to change custody. If the matter is urgent then counsel can often obtain a hearing on an accelerated schedule. As a Melbourne child custody lawyer, I am familiar with the handling of such matters. Contact my office online or by telephone today to schedule an initial consultation. We also 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.