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Legal Custody

mndblwn's picture

What examples are there for a judge to take legal custody away from a parent?


just.his.wife's picture

Abuse, neglect, medical neglect, educational neglect or drug/alcohol abuse.

askYOURdad's picture

A lot of it depends on the judge and where you live.

In my state, it's very difficult to lose custody. In cases of drug use/alcohol abuse there is usually programs offered to the parent first. In high conflict cases they involve a GAL. With abuse allegations, they will order family counseling and supervised visits. One parent losing custody is almost always last resort after every other avenue has been exhausted.