Positive Test Results
A positive substance abuse result reflects poorly, but it’s not the end of the world. The judge may initially seek to treat the addiction and order monitored sobriety and counseling. During this allotted time, parenting time may be suspended or supervised. It’s best to consult with legal counsel on what to expect in these situations.
Once a parent tests positive and chooses to take action, they’ll be on track to restoring full parenting rights. A court will want confirmation of sobriety, but parenting time and custody restrictions are generally relaxed. If a parent chooses to ignore the court’s order, the presiding judge may suspend all parenting time. When a parent refuses to choose sobriety, it reinforces the court’s decision. When an addict is unable to progress, the perception of their responsibility can hinder their parenting time allotment. This situation represents a risk to the children in forms of emotional or physical harm.