Will Use Of Legalized Marijuana Impact Child Custody?

Nearly two years ago neighboring states voted to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes. That movement has made its way across the county and other states have also weighed in on the issue. While there may be criminal law aspects of these decisions, what no one has yet mentioned is how use of legalized marijuana might impact child custody and visitation matters. The Courts award custody and grant visitation based on what is in the best interests of the children, and if your spouse is able to convince the Court use of medicinal marijuana harms your kids there is a real possibility that you will not be given custody.

The law is clear that the best interests standard is the one used when deciding issues about kids. Factors the Court considers are:

● The ability of the parent to care for the child. This includes emotional as well as financial support.

● The willingness of the custodial parent to cooperate with the non-custodial parent when making legal decisions about their kids.

● The child’s preference.

Your kids safety and well-being is our number one concern, and we work hard to make sure their interests are protected. Presenting evidence to the Court that shows what is best for your kids requires thoughtful analysis and careful review of all the facts of your case. We listen to your wishes and work with you to develop plans that meet the needs of your family. Call today for a review of your case.

For answers to your questions about divorce, consult our office. Let us put our experience to work for you. Call the Sampair Group in Phoenix and the West Valley today to schedule your appointment.