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Meth crisis directly affecting child custody cases

A Texas judge is speaking out about how the state's methamphetamine crisis is affecting family law. A record number of families now find themselves pitted against the state in matters of child custody. Substance abuse is now so rampant across the nation that it would not be unusual for a person to be able to call to mind a child one personally knows who may be in danger. 

The judge mentioned above has stated that while, certainly, the state would prefer for children to remain in the loving custody of their parents, when a child is in danger, the state can and will take action. She points out that many children may accidentally touch a surface or an object contaminated by a drug, which can have serious medical consequences. She estimates that, in her Texas jurisdiction alone, over half of the children placed in state foster care are removed from the custody of a parent due to the use of methamphetamine. 

Sadly, many parents who struggle with addiction are not capable of providing a safe home for their children. Rather than having a child placed in the state's foster care program, another parent or family member may feel it is appropriate to look into taking custody of the child themselves. If a child is in danger due to a parent's drug use, there are steps loved ones can take to protect the child. 

If a Texas resident is interested in the establishment, modification or enforcement of a child custody order, a good starting point may be to contact a compassionate attorney. An attorney can help a client organize concerns into a court case. Children are unable to control the actions of a parent, and though they may love him or her, it may be best for the child to live with people who can provide proper care and support when parents are unable to do so themselves.

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Barbara L. Jouette, Attorney, P.C.
888-268-7997 / 214-385-4562

Meth crisis directly affecting child custody cases

A Texas judge is speaking out about how the state's methamphetamine crisis is affecting family law. A record number of families now find themselves pitted against the state in matters of child custody. Substance abuse is now so rampant across the nation that it would not be unusual for a person to be able to call to mind a child one personally knows who may be in danger. 

The judge mentioned above has stated that while, certainly, the state would prefer for children to remain in the loving custody of their parents, when a child is in danger, the state can and will take action. She points out that many children may accidentally touch a surface or an object contaminated by a drug, which can have serious medical consequences. She estimates that, in her Texas jurisdiction alone, over half of the children placed in state foster care are removed from the custody of a parent due to the use of methamphetamine. 

Sadly, many parents who struggle with addiction are not capable of providing a safe home for their children. Rather than having a child placed in the state's foster care program, another parent or family member may feel it is appropriate to look into taking custody of the child themselves. If a child is in danger due to a parent's drug use, there are steps loved ones can take to protect the child. 

If a Texas resident is interested in the establishment, modification or enforcement of a child custody order, a good starting point may be to contact a compassionate attorney. An attorney can help a client organize concerns into a court case. Children are unable to control the actions of a parent, and though they may love him or her, it may be best for the child to live with people who can provide proper care and support when parents are unable to do so themselves.

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