As opioid use in Massachusetts sky-rockets, the Family Courts are seeing an increase in guardianship of minor proceedings. Usually families prefer to keep the child with a family member rather than in the foster care system when the parent is involved with opioid use.
Opioid use is a problem that spans all demographic groups. Studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show an increased use of heroin among women (specifically non-Hispanic white women), the privately insured, and people with higher incomes.
Opioid and heroin abuse or overdose commonly result in the temporary removal of a child from the custody of his or her natural parents; prevention of reunification with natural parents; or termination of parental rights.
Guardianship of minor proceedings may include being named as a temporary or permanent guardian and/or a de facto custodian or third-party custodian.
Guardianship of minor proceedings can put family members in a very difficult position of proceeding with a legal course they believe to be in a child's best interest and risk ostracizing that child's parent(s). In the event that a parent has died as the result of an opioid addiction, it is not uncommon in guardianship actions to have several parties and/or intervenors to the case requesting custody of the child(ren).
If you have questions about parenting issues, physical or legal custody, or the guardianship of minor proceedings in Massachusetts, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.