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Marijuana legislation and the effect on child custody cases

Medical marijuana and legalizing marijuana are hot topics lately around some areas. While people might be considering how marijuana laws might affect the community, some likely haven't considered how it will affect child custody hearings, whether those hearings are for custody after a divorce or custody because of child protection issues. New Jersey residents might be interested in learning about some of the ways marijuana might affect child custody.

A founder of the Family Law & Cannabis Alliance notes that the child abuse laws in the country haven't kept up with the marijuana laws. There does seem to be a consensus that as marijuana grows more acceptable, it becomes more difficult to determine when children are actually in danger.

In all child custody disputes, including those related to a divorce, the court will always have to consider what is in the best interests of the children. This subjective decision can be affected by something as simple as whether a parent has a medical marijuana card.

For parents, even something as simple as being known as a legalize marijuana advocate can have serious consequences. One parent in New Jersey had to answer to police officers simply because her 9-year-old son said his mother was involved in hemp advocacy. Parents in other states are facing similar challenges.

This issue proves how complex child custody cases can be when there are interesting circumstances associated with the case. No matter what type of child custody case you are involved with, knowing your rights and becoming familiar with the law might help you to determine how to proceed with your case.

Source: Delaware Online, "New marijuana laws’ effect on child custody", June 16, 2014

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