Every year in Michigan, parents battle for the custody of their children, often following a change in their family situation, such as divorce or separation. Usually, both parents still want the best for their children. However, it can be hard to make a rational judgment on this when you are overwhelmed by the possibility of being denied access to your son or daughter.
In Calhoun County, one mother had custody of her son removed after being implicated in drug crimes. She was also imprisoned for several years following a drug raid at her home. However, she has remained drug-free for more than 500 days after joining a support group and undergoing intensive treatment. Support groups like this one aim to help individuals and families through the challenges of addiction so they can work toward a happier future.
Sadly, the experience of this mother is a situation that all too many families face. Suddenly, on top of the other challenges facing you in your day-to-day life, you are also forced to come to terms with a loss of custody and the inability to see your own children. Even prior convictions can have an effect on whether you are granted custody during divorce proceedings.
Fighting for custody is an incredibly difficult thing for anyone to go through, and it can be hard to know how best to stand your ground and protect your parental rights. However, it is not something that you need to handle alone as an attorney may be able to offer invaluable support at this difficult time. He or she can advise you about your options and may also be able to stand by you during your custody battle to help you secure a fair and favorable resolution to your case.
Source: The Herald Palladium, "There is always hope for addicts, panelists say," John Matuszak, Aug. 29, 2015