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Child custody battles may see drug, alcohol abuse accusations

Many Florida residents may face difficulties throughout their lives that lead them to make questionable decisions. However, they may fear that those decisions could have negative impacts on their child custody arrangements. For instance, if one parent accuses another parent of drug or alcohol problems, a positive test result could result in undesired custody terms.

Drug or alcohol abuse accusations during custody battles are not entirely uncommon. This type of issue could easily present concern for the well-being of the children, and if the court believes that potential dangers exist, the accused parent could see the children less. There are a variety of ways in which a person could be tested for drugs or alcohol, including urine screening, hair testing or blood testing. 

The type of testing used could have varying impacts as certain tests, such as nail tests, could show potential drug or alcohol use further back in time than other methods, like urine tests. No matter the test used, if the results indicate that a drug or alcohol abuse issue exists, the accused parent will likely not obtain the custody results he or she may desire. Additionally, any time spent with the children may need court-appointed supervision.

Child custody battles can often be complicated affairs, and accusations of drug or alcohol abuse may or may not be valid. However, if one parent attempts to use such accusations to obtain more favorable custody terms, the other parent could face additional difficulties. Because dealing with such circumstances can be confusing, concerned Florida residents may wish to enlist the assistance of knowledgeable attorneys to determine their options when it comes to dealing with complicated custody cases.

Source:, "How Alcohol and Drug Allegations Can Impact Your Child Custody Case", Sept. 26, 2017

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