Drug Tests

Drug Tests

A parent in a child custody battle can file a motion to force the other parent to submit to a drug test. A judge may also decide to independently order a drug test for you and/or the other parent seeking custody. Typically the judge will order a drug test, or grant a motion for one if he or she believes that one or both of the parties seeking custody is abusing drugs. Not passing a drug test during in a child custody dispute can be extremely damaging. Drug abuse may be evidence to find that you are not fit to have custody. Judges are almost always leery of granting custody to a parent who uses illegal drugs. In cases where a parent fails a drug test, a judge can deny them custody or order supervised visits and/or regular drug testing. Specifically, a parenting plan might indicate that drug test before any scheduled visit by the children. A failed test may result in a lost visit. Additionally, you can agree, or the court may order, that a certain number of failed tests will result in loss of custody or visitation rights. If you are concerned that your ex is abusing drugs, Stange Law Firm, PC, can help you file a motion to obtain a drug test. Drug tests can most often be conducted through:
  • Hair follicles
  • Urinalysis
  • Fingernails

It is important to have these tests taken quickly after they are granted. A drug test should also be taken at a reputable facility where the results are admissible in court.

In some cases, the loss of custody or visitation rights due to drug use can be modified. Based on the facts, some judges are sometimes willing to modify parenting plans when parents can show that they have changed and are now fit to have custody or visitation rights. Completion of drug or alcohol rehabilitation programs, acknowledgment of past behavior, multiple passed drug tests, and other evidence of change in behavior are all ways for individuals to show the court that they should be granted more custodial rights to their children.

To read more on this topic, you can read our article titled: How Doing Drugs Can Sink Your Custody Case.

Contact Our Child Custody (and Drug Test) Lawyers in Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana

Courts make custody and visitation decisions based on what is best for the children. If drug testing is an issue in your child custody matter, Stange Law Firm, PC can help you to ensure that your children and your parental rights are protected. Our law firm is prepared to assist you with a wide variety of domestic relations matters.

If you have questions about setting up drug tests in family court, please contact us online or by phone to arrange a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We serve clients throughout Missouri, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Indiana in cities such as St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia, Wichita, Topeka, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Omaha, Lincoln, and beyond.



Helpful Information Regarding Family Violence From our Webpage

We handle many different issues related to family violence:
Domestic abuse
You do not have to suffer through domestic abuse. The attorneys at Stange Law Firm have a great deal of experience handling domestic violence matters. We can help you understand your options
Child neglect
If your child has been taken into custody by the Department of Social Services, Stange Law Firm can help you in this matter.
Protective orders
The attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC, have successfully obtained orders of protection and can work to obtain protection for you and your loved ones.
Psychological Evaluations in Divorce
The psychological state of the parties might be an important issue in a custody dispute. We can help request a psychological evaluation if this is an important issue in your case.
Juvenile Matters
Important child custody issues might be litigated in the juvenile court. Attorneys at Stange Law Firm, PC can help if that is the case.
Supervised Visitation
In some severe cases, one parent might be a risk to the physical health or emotional development of the children such that supervised visitation might need to be explored. We can help in these cases.
Guardian ad Litem
A Guardian ad Litem might need to be appointed in a custody case to ensure the interests of the children are protected
Parental Alienation
In extreme cases, children might be alienated from their parents. This can happen in unfortunate cases and we have experience in these types of cases.
Estranged Children
Opposite of parental alienation, in some cases, the conduct of a parent might be so extreme that the children become realistically estranged from their parent. It's important to have an attorney who understands realistic estrangement and how it can often be overlooked.
Parental Abduction
Parental abduction is a crisis type situation where one of the parents flees with the children in violation of a court order or to deprive the other parent of any custody time. It is critical to act fast and have an attorney in your corner if this is the case.
Drug Tests
Drug use can be significant problem in child custody cases. In certain cases, a parent might be a drug or alcohol abuser. It is vital to have an attorney who understands this issue and can help obtain an order for a drug or alcohol test.
Parent Coordinators
While it is not allowed by statute in Missouri or Illinois except by agreement, in some extreme cases, the parties might agree to have a parent coordinator help resolve legal custody disputes between parents who cannot co-parent. At Stange Law Firm, PC, we can help you explore this option as it might help minimize the need for costly litigation.
Sexual Abuse Allegations
In some child custody cases, sexual abuse allegations can arise. In some instances, the allegations regrettably turn out to be true. In other cases, the allegations are false and/or brought maliciously. No matter the situation, it is critical that you have counsel in your corner if sexual abuse allegations are part of your child custody matter.
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If you are looking to find and hire a child custody lawyer, contact us online or by phone to schedule a consultation at any of our convenient locations.


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