In Illinois and throughout the United States, some couples who choose to divorce become engaged in courtroom battles over the future care and upbringing of their children. Child custody is among the most commonly litigated issues. In one such recent case, a father has stated that he thinks authorities should do more in order to protect his son.
The father in question has issued allegations saying that while his son has been in the care of his mother, he has repeatedly been exposed to methamphetamine. During the course of events, representatives from Child Protective Services said that both the 3-year-old child and his mother have failed drug tests. When questioned, the child’s pediatrician reportedly stated that he has never written a prescription for hydrocodone, which was allegedly found in the boy’s system, and has no reason to believe that the child needed such a drug for any type of health condition.
Several witnesses, including a relative of the mother, are reported to have told authorities that they saw the woman smoking methamphetamine in the presence of the toddler. According to records filed with Child Protective Services, the child’s father and his current wife both tested negative for drugs. Apparently, the mother filed a request with the judge, asking that her former husband be forbidden to discuss the case with others.
The case is expected to go to a jury trial in the near future. The jury trial has been requested by the child’s father, who is seeking to obtain full custody of his son. In Illinois, experienced legal professionals are available to assist those facing complicated circumstances, such as those in the above-mentioned case. Acting under the guidance of an attorney is typically advisable when one intends to pursue a legal action for child custody in court.
Source: weatherforddemocrat.com, “Child custody case to go to trial“, Oct. 7, 2015