Child Custody in W.Va. When a Parent Abuses Drugs

It wasn’t long ago that the epidemic of prescription drugs and heroin would have been unthinkable in West Virginia. Unfortunately, more and more parents and even grandparents face child custody cases that involve a drug-abusing parent. The best interest of the minor child should always be the focus of West Virginia Family Courts1. The Family Court may order random drug screens and appoint a guardian ad litem in such cases. The Family Court can take measures such as ordering supervised visitation and drug abuse therapy. The goal of the Family Court always is to protect the child in cases when a parent abuses drugs.