If you are dealing with addiction, and you have children, it’s important to understand the rules when it comes to visitation rights and parenting time. Due to your addiction, your custody rights could be modified to accommodate your child’s best interests. However, there is a chance that your original parental rights will remain intact if you can prove that your child is in a safe and healthy environment. Here are some things you should know about child custody and addiction in Nebraska.
Substance abuse and visitation
Your child custody and visitation rights can be affected depending on the extent of your addiction. The court’s main concern is that a child will continue to thrive under the guardianship of both parents. If you’re taking active steps to maintain a healthy relationship with your child and overcome your addiction, the courts will likely allow you to remain in your child’s life regardless of your past or current substance abuse issues.
More on substance abuse
Addiction or substance abuse can refer to a dependence on alcohol, illicit substances, or prescription drugs. Alcohol dependence is one of the most common addictions in the U.S. However, less than 10% of people are officially diagnosed with Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) or receiving consistent treatment for the condition.
Dependence on prescription medication to treat a health issue, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, is not automatically considered a negative when it comes to child custody. However, a parent who is taking these medications may need to wean him or herself off the medication slowly, and the side effects could make him or her physically or mentally unable to provide the highest quality of care for his or her children during the weaning period.