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When does substance abuse affect child custody?

As a parent, you will always want to do whatever is in your power in order to protect your child. Usually, young children spend every day and night with you as a biological parent; however, when biological parents are seperated, it can mean that the child splits his or her time between each parent. While this is done to ensure that the child has a strong bond with each parent, you might worry that the other parent is not responsible, and that you are not able to protect your child from harm at all times.

Substance abuse is a very common problem among many people, whether it is illegal drugs, prescription drugs or alcohol. If you believe that substance abuse on the part of the other parent may be affecting your child, you should take the time to understand how child custody law in Georgia functions in this area.

What protections are in place when it comes to substance abuse?

The child custody courts in the state of Georgia always seek to make a decision that is in the best interests of the child. Therefore, while the courts generally try to ensure that a child can form a bond with both of his or her biological parents, if it is determined that a parent may have a negative effect on the child's well-being, visitation may become more limited. This could be in the form of supervised visits, or visits that occur in a controlled visitation center.

If you are worried about the well-being of your child when he or she visits his or he other parent, it is important that you take action to file for a child custody modification in the state of Georgia.

Source: Very Well Family, "Child Custody & Substance Abuse," accessed June 13, 2018

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