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Child custody and addiction

Under the best of circumstances, parents will be able to leave the personal issues and emotions of the divorce or breakup out of the child custody decisions and be able to come to an agreement without going through months of legal battles. However, this doesn't always happen.

It's not uncommon for parents in custody battles to make false accusations of abuse or addiction to try to gain the upperhand. However, even if the accusations are untrue, the courts still take them seriously, and it will be crucial to have legal representation on your side who has experience with cases involving addiction allegations.

At Westside Family Law, we put our resources to work for you to help you put your best case forward and protect both your parental rights and the best interests of your children. We understand how scary these allegations can be and can help you have as much information as possible moving forward so that you can go into court prepared and knowledgeable on the various possible outcomes.

But what happens when the allegations are true? People all across British Columbia struggle with substance abuse issues every day, and many of them are parents. While having a drug or alcohol problem may have an affect on your chances of getting custody right now, it doesn't have to mean that you cannot maintain a relationship with your children or move toward more access later on. We can help you understand what the courts look for — such as going through treatment and taking steps toward sober living and a stable lifestyle — and your options for staying connected to your children in the interim.

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