Substance abuse is a major problem in this country. While many people think can function while under the influence, those around them might realize that’s not the case. This type of abuse can have a negative impact on a co-parenting relationship.
Not only does substance abuse make co-parenting more challenging, but it can also have a negative effect on the children. It’s imperative that anyone who shares children with an addict remembers these points.
Pay attention to what’s happening
You should pay close attention to how your child reacts to the visits with their other parent. It’s possible that they will fare well. However, you may have to reconsider the visits if you notice negative behaviors afterwards. It’s important that there are healthy boundaries set so that the children can thrive. You should also listen to what they say. Younger children might describe problematic behavior that you’ll need to take steps to protect them from.
Offer alternative types of visitation
It might be possible for you to seek only supervised visits or virtual visits for your ex and children. It’s never a good idea to allow a parent who’s obviously impaired to take the children because the kids might suffer harm. The court can order visitations with specific conditions attached to them.
The court will take the children’s safety into account when issuing child custody orders. If substance abuse is a problem, be sure the court is aware so that appropriate safety guidelines can be put into place. If the addiction becomes a problem after the order is issued, a custody or visitation modification will likely be necessary. Working with an experienced attorney can help immensely as you to go through this process.