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Can Alcohol And Drug Abuse Affect Child Custody?

Couples decide to separate and divorce for many reasons, but couples usually agree that they want what is in the best interest of their children. The topic of child custody often comes up when parents with young children get a divorce. If you have a history of alcohol or drug abuse, you might be wondering how this may affect child custody in your divorce case.

Here are some of the ways that a history of alcohol and drug abuse could affect child custody in Louisiana.

Child endangerment

In Louisiana, having a history of substance use or abuse does not, in general, mean that you immediately lose custody of your children. However, if you put your children in danger as a result of that use and abuse, that could greatly affect your chances of having custody. Examples of this include driving while intoxicated with your children in the car and leaving young children unsupervised due to your intoxication.

Reduced visitation rights

Depending on the severity of your drug and alcohol problem, a court may take away sole custody and say that you can only see your children during supervised visits. However, courts generally need to have a good reason, such as evidence of child endangerment, before making this decision.

Substance abuse is a serious issue in Louisiana and across the United States. By being aware of the ways that this illness can affect child custody, you can take the proper steps toward becoming a healthier person and ensuring that you are around during your child’s formative years.