SUBSTANCE ABUSE CAN LEAD TO LOSS OF CUSTODY IN TEXAS
Many children in Texas are affected by parents who abuse drugs or alcohol, or both. The concern is the impact substance abuse has on children.
The Children’s Bureau says that a parent with substance use disorder may be ineffective or inconsistent at parenting due to:
• Physical impairments caused by drugs or alcohol
• Reduced ability to respond to a child’s needs
• Difficulty controlling one’s anger
• Difficulty controlling one’s emotions
• Disruption in the healthy attachment between parent and child
• Spending the family’s funds on drugs and alcohol instead of buying basic necessities like food, etc.
• Spending time drinking alcohol or using drugs
• Incarceration, which can cause the child to be inadequately supervised;
If a parent is alleging that their child’s other parent has a substance abuse problem, it can have a major impact on the using parent’s rights. For example, if you are getting a divorce and you’re concerned that shared physical custody would place your child in harm’s way because your spouse abuses drugs or alcohol, the court may find that your spouse’s substance abuse can harm your children or at least place them at risk.
If the judge is convinced that your spouse abuses drugs or alcohol and it negatively impacts the best interest of your children, it can cause their parental rights to be limited, or in severe cases, your spouse’s parental rights may be revoked indefinitely.