Q:I am worried my partner is taking drugs; can I vary the contact arrangements?


The Courts generally promote contact and consider that it is in a child’s interests to have regular contact with both parents; however, if there are genuine reasons for concern such as drug taking or alcohol abuse, it may be appropriate for contact to be deferred until these issues have been investigated by the Court. If there is any legitimate concern that a child may be at risk, the Court will generally not order contact immediately. In such circumstances, and whilst any of your concerns are being investigated, contact may still take place, but on a supervised basis.

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