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As one of the many factors for a child custody determination in Florida, judges consider the demonstrated capacity and disposition of each parent to maintain an environment for the child which is free from substance abuse.

As a family law attorney, when necessary I send clients and an occasion their children to obtain drug tests and recommend the local Fort Lauderdale drug testing centers Florida Toxicology and LabCorp. If you have a drug or alcohol problem, there are several Fort Lauderdale rehabilitation programs such as the Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Headquarters at Henderson Behavioral Health, https://www.drug-rehab-headquarters.com/florida/facility/henderson-behavioral-health-fort-lauderdale-2/. If your child has a drug or alcohol problem, there are also age appropriate rehabilitation options such as Inspirations for Youth and Families in Fort Lauderdale, https://www.drug-rehab-headquarters.com/florida/facility/henderson-behavioral-health-fort-lauderdale-2/.

As a parent, refrain from using illegal substances or prescription drugs without a prescription. If you have a prescription for a controlled substance, ensure that you take it according to your prescription. Your child should not be exposed to friends and family members that have active problems with substance abuse. Most importantly, parents are responsible to ensure that their children refrain from substance abuse.

If your child’s other parent has a drug or alcohol problem that needs to be addressed in your divorce or paternity action in Court, file a motion for a drug test and to support your motion, prepare a journal. When preparing a journal include names and contact information of any pertinent witnesses.

This 20 part series tracks what judges are required to consider when making child custody and parenting plan determinations in divorce and paternity cases pursuant to Florida law to help parents focus on what is relevant to the Court to effectively present their divorce, paternity or modification of child custody case. Judicial child custody determination factors 1 to 16 are available in the Child Custody Achieves.