Category: Abuse

MLF Team

Recognizing Child Abuse

Child abuse is not always evident or easy to detect, particularly when the abuser is in a position of authority, such as a parent, stepparent, or other adult living in the household. Such figures of authority exercise a significant amount of power and influence over children, which can intimidate victims of abuse into silence. This […]

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Drug Abuse and Custody Cases: Evaluation and Visitation

Substance abuse evaluations may confirm drug use and recommend treatment, while supervised visitation protects children in cases of ongoing drug abuse. As discussed in a previous blog, heroin and prescription opioid abuse is an escalating public health crisis that is sweeping across Georgia. As a result, more and more child custody cases involve drug use […]

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Drug Abuse and Custody Cases: Drug Testing

Initial and random drug testing may be performed to confirm allegations of drug abuse and ensure compliance with court orders. Heroin and prescription opioid use is on the rise across the country and has become a national epidemic. In Georgia, overdose deaths have jumped by 51 percent since 2015, and courts have seen a correlative […]