Active Law Group-Blog 6
Handling Orange County Child Custody Cases Which Involve A Parent’s Use Of Marijuana
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Orange County Family Court Judges will take marijuana use very seriously
Courts will always expect a parent to exercise discretion when they are charged with taking care of their kids. While alcohol may be legal, a Court would quickly change custody if a parent was regularly intoxicated around the child, drove drunk with the child, or engaged in other drunken behavior which was detrimental to the child. The same is true about marijuana, even if the using parent is in legal possession of the drug. If a mother or father is found to be regularly stoned while caring for their child, to be operating a vehicle while in such a state, or other such behavior then the Judge will likely consider granting the other parent primary custody. It is important to understand that even though the using parent may consider it to be “just a little weed,” an Orange County Court may have a very different opinion.
How Orange County Family Courts treat marijuana will depend on the specific facts of a case
How the Court will react to a parent’s marijuana use will depend on the specific facts of the case. A parent who is in illegal possession of the drug will have a harder time with the Judge then one who legally possesses it. Also, factors such as frequency of use, whether the child is present, and how it is impacting other aspects of life are issues a Court will consider. If you are concerned about your child’s other parent using marijuana then contact our Orange County Active law Group child custody lawyers today. We service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.