Father holding daughterThis is the first post in a series which will discuss a topic that is too common. That topic is how fathers can deal with Peoria, Illinois child custody cases which involve drug use. I am writing on this topic due to the fact that dads often do not know how to proceed in such situations and it is important that one’s case be handled properly. The goal of my coming articles is to provide information which will help a father to better understand his situation and for such information to assist in making an informed choice of an attorney. If you need assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.

I will be addressing multiple topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:

  • Filing a Motion to Modify Child Custody
  • The importance of discovery in cases involving drug use
  • What to expect at trial
  • How the Court handles matters involving marijuana
  • How the Court handles cases involving prescription drug abuse
  • How the Judge will view cases involving “harder” drugs such as heroin

It is important for a father to understand these issues. First, there is a formal process to modifying child custody and the filing of a Motion is the first step in that process. Second, contrary to what is often portrayed on television, a case is not won with surprise evidence uncovered during trial; the discovery process is crucial to gathering the evidence that will be needed to prove your case. Third, knowing what to expect from the trial process makes your situation much more likely to go smoothly. Finally, knowing how the Court handles different types of cases will allow you to have a better handle on your situation.

One point that I cannot stress enough is the need to contact a child custody attorney immediately if you believe the mother is abusing narcotics. The longer you wait to go to Court then, generally speaking, the less likely the Judge is to believe that a true emergency existed. By contacting a fathers’ rights lawyer immediately you help to ensure that your child’s best interests remain protected. Contact my Peoria office today to schedule an initial consultation. I also service the cities of Bloomington, Eureka, Galesburg, Morton, Normal, Pekin, Springfield, and Washington. I also serve the counties of Fulton, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, Mason, McLean, Putnam, Rock Island, Schuyler, Stark, Tazewell, and Woodford. I also handle federal cases in Urbana.