Substance Abuse, Addiction and Mental Health

Handling the Special Impact of Substance Abuse on Family Law

Substance abuse addiction, and other mental health issues often lead to marital problems, child neglect or abuse, and delinquent behavior. In many cases, these issues are the big secret that nobody in the family talks about.

At Connolly & Shireman in Houston, we don’t believe remaining silent is a solution. If a family member’s – or your own – substance abuse or mental health issues have created legal problems, we have a level of understanding that in many cases will lead to a compassionate, equitable, long-term solution that positions the family to succeed in the future.

Making Sure the Core Issues are Addressed

Substance abuse and mental health issues are much more common within the family, CPS, and juvenile law systems than many people realize. This is particularly true in contested child custody cases. At Connolly & Shireman, we believe that bringing substance abuse and mental health issues out into the open increases the chances of positive results,

Most people feel a sense of relief when the secret is finally brought out into the open. Often, confronting a loved one with the evidence that he or she has a substance abuse or mental health problem is the most compassionate thing that can be done for that person. Our skilled Houston family law attorneys are experienced in carefully handling these substance abuse and mental health issues.

Getting Creative About Legal Resolutions

We regularly pursue innovative legal approaches to dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. For instance, we frequently craft parenting plans that safeguard children without being punitive towards the parent with the substance abuse or mental health problem.

We are also closely allied with many resources for people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs (legal or illegal), or who have psychological difficulties. In many cases, our attorneys can leverage these resources to find solutions to the legal issues.

To learn more about your options for dealing with substance abuse and mental health problems that arise in family, CPS, and juvenile law cases, contact us.

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