Why Would Courts Order a Drug Test?
In child custody cases the best interest of the child is the standard in which a court of law in Texas abides in deciding rights and duties, visitation, and possession and access to a child. This "best interest" of the child standard can be illustrated for a court in a vast multitude of ways. For example, a party to a child custody case may argue that their house is better for the child than the other parent's house because it's roomier, or a parent could argue that the school district in which one parent is zoned is much better and higher ranked than schools in the other parent's school zone. Litigants may argue that one parent smokes cigarettes indoors and the air is cleaner at the nonsmoking parent's house, there are so many possibilities. One issue that commonly arises in this argument of persuasion is that one parent uses drugs and it is not in the best interest of the child to live with, or be around a drug user without supervision, or at all. It could be any type of drug, including marijuana. (If you would like to read more about child custody in general then you can do so by clicking here), or click the read more to continue learning about court ordered drug tests.
Sometimes I get a call from someone who has an issue with the amount of child support they are paying or the amount that they may have to pay in the future, or someone who needs to get paid child support to help alleviate the cost of child rearing. In Texas there is something known as guideline child support and it is presumed by the Texas legislature to be in the child's or children's best interest. A court can vary from these guidelines in certain circumstances.
Chad Zubi Houston Family and Criminal Law Attorney.