Parental substance abuse can seriously harm your child

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2021 | Custody |

Even with the relaxation of marijuana laws in California, illegal drug use continues to plague the state. While drug addiction can have serious ramifications for those who suffer from the condition, children who are exposed to parental substance abuse can be especially vulnerable.

How does exposure to substance abuse harm children?

The effects of exposure to parental substance abuse can be wide-ranging and far reaching, having both severe short-term and long-term consequences. In fact, if your child is exposed to parental substance abuse, then he or she could develop any of the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Poor school performance
  • Excessive worry
  • Guilt
  • Parental responsibilities to cover for the intoxicated parent
  • Increased risk of abuse or neglect
  • Increased risk of substance abuse

Any one of these issues could have a tremendous impact on your child’s physical, emotional, or psychological well-being. That’s why if you suspect that your child is being exposed to parental substance abuse, then you may want to take legal action to try to put a stop to it.

What can you do to protect your child?

To remove your child from this kind of dangerous environment, you’re probably going to have to file for a child custody modification. This modification will try to limit the other parent’s time with your child, force visitation to occur on a supervised basis, or end contact altogether.

In order to succeed on one of these motions, though, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate why the change is in your child’s best interests. This means that you’ll need evidence of exposure to parental substance abuse rather than mere allegations. Witness accounts, police reports, and even your child’s own statements may be enough in that regard.

Do you need a legal ally on your side?

We know that your child means everything to you, and that you’re ready to fight for the outcome that he or she deserves. If you’d like assistance in advocating for your position and your child’s best interests, then please consider reaching out to an experienced family law attorney who can help you craft the persuasive legal arguments that you need on your side.