father hugging sonThis is the next post in my series on the topic of how smoking weed can impact Nevada child custody cases. My last article addressed how legal marijuana use can impact a custody ruling. It is important to remember that a Judge’s concern will always be based on the best interest of the child. If a Judge believes that a parent’s legal use of weed is endangering a child, or otherwise impacting their parenting, the Court may modify the current custody order. How the Court will rule, however, is always going to depend on the facts of the case. It is, therefore, suggested that you discuss your situation with an attorney as soon as possible. In this article I will discuss how Las Vegas judges may react if a parent is smoking weed in the presence of the child. If you are a dad in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Las Vegas fathers’ rights lawyer.

Las Vegas judges will likely have little patience for a parent who smokes marijuana in the presence of the child

It is true that recreational marijuana is now legal in Nevada. Due to this, some believe that smoking marijuana in the presence of a child is no different than having a glass of wine while they are present. This is not the case, however, as marijuana has “second hand” effects which are not present with alcohol. Given that a child can be directly impacted by a parent smoking in their presence, the Court would likely have little patience with a parent who engages in this conduct. While not a perfect analogy, one could argue it would be akin to taking an underage child into a bar. Even if the child was not drinking, the problems with such conduct would be obvious. In short, a Judge would likely take action against a parent who smokes marijuana in the presence of their youth.

The discussion becomes different if a parent is consuming edible marijuana products in the presence of a child. Given that the risk of a “contact high,” and the problems that come with odors, have gone away, a judge is likely to be more forgiving in such a situation. Eating a marijuana laced cookie at night, when the family is in for the night, is likely to be seen as akin to having a glass of wine in the presence of the child. If the situation is one where the parent is not going to need to drive for the rest of the evening, then a Las Vegas Judge may be less concerned about the situation. Again, the outcome of any case will be fact specific.

Fathers should contact a child custody lawyer immediately if their marijuana use is an issue

If you are a dad and mom is making an issue out of your marijuana use, it is important that you contact a child custody lawyer immediately. If the situation is not problematic, then it can be easy to think that things are being blown out of proportion. The Judge, however, will take any accusations very seriously. By retaining experienced counsel you help to ensure that you are presenting the best case possible to the judge. I am a Las Vegas fathers’ rights attorney who devotes her practice to the handling of domestic relations law. I understand that this is a serious time in your life and I will give your case the attention it deserves. Contact me online or by telephone to schedule an initial consultation.