Recently on the blog we discussed the effects that parental substance abuse can have on children. Sadly, many kids in Florida are subjected to abuse or neglect, or are forced to take on responsibility beyond their years because their parents are battling an addiction. Fortunately, parents can take certain legal steps to better ensure that their children are protected.
Chief amongst these steps is modifying any existing child custody and visitation order. To successfully do so, a parent must show that a change in circumstances justify the modification. In the substance abuse context, this may mean putting forth evidence showing that the other parent is in fact abusing drugs or alcohol and how that abuse poses a threat to the child’s best interests. This can be a challenging thing to do, especially when one is operating on a gut feeling.
However, a skilled legal team like the one at Peppler Law P.A. knows how to uncover documentary and testimonial evidence that can build a case for child custody modification. We can use the power of subpoena to obtain pertinent records, and we know how to examine and cross-examine witnesses who are both favorable and unfavorable, keeping our eye on the applicable standard, the child’s best interests, the entire time.
It can be nerve-wracking to air dirty laundry in court in front of a judge and attorneys who don’t know you or your situation. However, sometimes this is a necessary step to protect your child. Therefore, if you think that you could use assistance in building a strong legal argument given the facts at hand, then you may want to think about meeting with a dedicated and experienced legal professional who has a track record of success in handling these matters.