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When your child’s mother is a substance abuser

If you live in Texas and are co-parenting with someone who has an alcohol or substance abuse problem, you may have valid concerns about your former partner’s ability to care for your shared child. At the Law Office of Brian Turner, we understand how upsetting it can be to watch your child struggle with a substance-abusing parent, and we have helped many clients facing similar situations find solutions that meet their needs.

Per Livestrong.com, if your child’s mother is abusing drugs or alcohol, it may impact her ability to have custody or visitation with your son or daughter. In severe situations, it may even mean a loss of her parental rights. If you have reason to believe your child’s mom is abusing drugs or alcohol and that your child may be at risk because of it, notify the court. Typically, courts make custody decisions based on what is in the best interest of your child, and in most cases, a substance-abusing parent does not make the grade.

If you already have primary custody of your child and your child’s mother has visits with your son or daughter that concern you, speak up. If your child’s mother is, in fact, abusing substances, the court may suspend visitation, or in some cases, allow for supervised visits if your former partner agrees to immediate substance abuse treatment.

If your son or daughter’s mother has a lengthy history of substance abuse and shows no signs of improvement within about a year or so, the court may even terminate parental rights. More about child custody is available on our web page.

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