Addiction is a disease, and it is something that anyone can be a victim of at some point in their lives. Alcohol addiction and substance abuse can have severe consequences in regard to the relationships we have and our ability to care for ourselves and our children. This is why it is often the case that children get taken away from parents when their parents are abusing alcohol or drugs.
However, when parents get clean from their substance abuse, it is possible for them to turn their life around and develop a stronger relationship with their children. Many parents who have lost custody of their children in the past might think that attempting to regain custody would be hopeless. However, it is important to know that it is very possible if you can prove to the child custody courts that it would be in the best interests of the child.
How do the courts make decisions based on previous substance abuse?
When a parent is actively abusing an illegal substance, it is never in the best interests of the child. However, when there is documented evidence that the parent has now gotten clean and has remained so for a significant amount of time, this can be seen as commendable by the courts. It can be interpreted as evidence of the commitment that the parent has to loving and properly caring for their children.
In the majority of cases, the courts will believe that it is in the interests of the children to have a relationship with both of their biological parents throughout their childhood. If the parent is believed to no longer pose a risk and is capable of caring for and loving their children, it is likely that some form of custody or visitation will be restored in the state of Texas.
If you have recently recovered from an addiction and you want to restore the relationship you had with your children, it is important that you take the time to understand how child custody law works in the state of Texas. You should also reflect on how you think your children will benefit from a restored relationship with you.