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Child custody challenges and medical marijuana

Parents in Massachusetts understand the importance of spending quality time with their children and being around for their major milestones. When parents split up or divorce, the ability to be around for the important events might be challenging due to child custody arrangements. Furthermore, evidence in the marriage and post-divorce could be used against a parent in order for the other parent to obtain full or primary custody of the children.

It was recently reported that parents who use medical marijuana are currently dealing with child custody issues. Whether they are divorced or a single unwed parent, medical marijuana patients are dealing with serious child custody battles. Even in states where usage is legalized, if immediate harm is clear to Child Protective Services, they are required to remove the child from the home.

A mother recently had her children removed from CPS after they cited neglect for finding both marijuana and paraphernalia in her home. The children were returned to her after 17 days and no charges were filed against her. Parents across the nation are struggling with these issues and some are faced with ultimatum of ending their medical treatment in order regain custody.

When parents are determining a child custody agreement during the divorce process, information such as using medicinal marijuana could potentially be used against the parent in order for the other parent to obtain full or primary custody. Although potential harm and the best interest of the children will be used to determine the best arrangement, this circumstance can be a very difficult one for the parent who is depending on a medical treatment.

Disputes are common in the divorce process especially if the parents cannot agree on child custody arrangements. For people who are struggling with child custody issues, it is important to understand their rights and options. This might even mean modifying an arrangement that has been in effect for years.

Source: Mint Press News, "Group Highlights Child Custody Battles For Medical Marijuana Patients," Katie Rucke, Nov. 14, 2013

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