Child Custody And Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is a key factor in many of the difficult child custody cases we see at The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson. We know that alcohol and drug abuse can affect a person's ability to be a responsible parent. Sometimes we don't know when a mother or father has crossed the line into actions that endanger the welfare of his or her child.

You may need to talk to an experienced lawyer about your situation. You may be in the middle of a divorce, or you may have recently learned about your partner's addiction problem. We are here to assist you in deciding how to proceed.

We Can Answer Your Questions About Alcohol, Drugs And Child Custody

There is nothing more frightening than the prospect of your child being harmed because of substance abuse. If you have concerns about the custody of your child or children, please talk to us. Our attorneys can help you address critical questions like:

  • How can I determine if my child is in danger?
  • What parental actions do California family courts consider as grounds for a change in custody?
  • What will it take to get emergency custody of my child?
  • What if my spouse is willing to get treatment?
  • Do I need to file for divorce? Are there other options?
  • What if I'm not married to my child's other parent? Will it be hard to get custody?
  • What if my spouse has been violent?
  • Should I pursue the termination of parental rights?
  • Do I have to take a drug test before I have visitation?
  • Can I lose visitation or custody if I sometimes drink too much?
  • Can I lose custody if I got a DUI?
  • I've been sober a year. Will my past be held against me?

Every case is different. We will listen to the details of your situation and help you understand your options for dealing with it.

Contact Us

The lawyers of The Law Office of Patricia A. Hendrickson concentrate on family law cases in Orange County. We can provide confidential advice on very difficult issues.

Our offices are located in Huntington Beach. Contact us to schedule an appointment.