As a general rule, it’s harder to obtain custody of your children if you have a substance abuse problem. However, a New Jersey judge may still allow you to see your sons or daughter as you work to overcome your addiction. If you are able to get past your drug or alcohol issues, it may be possible to obtain physical or legal custody rights to your kids.
You’ll likely be asked to attend a rehab program
Typically, the judge overseeing your child custody case will want proof that you’re working to resolve a drug or alcohol problem. It may be possible to use the fact that you’re attending a rehab program as evidence that you take the matter seriously and are working to improve yourself. If you don’t volunteer to attend such a program, the judge may order you to do so. At that point, failing to get help could result in being held in contempt of court.
Do your best to be a regular part of your child’s life
Remaining an active part of your child’s life is one of the most effective ways to eventually obtain custody rights to your son or daughter. Ideally, you’ll take advantage of any opportunity that you have to call, chat or spend time with as you embark on your road to sobriety. Doing so proves that you have a true desire to be a good parent.
If you are battling a drug or alcohol addiction, it’s important to get help as quickly as possible. Doing so can help to improve your quality of life, and by improving your own quality of life, it will be easier to be there for your child.