According to the Maryland Department of Health, over 21,000 DUI-related arrests occur in the state each year.
In Maryland, a DUI conviction can impact child custody arrangements significantly.
Child safety takes priority
The court’s primary concern is the well-being of the child. Courts consider the potential risks associated with impaired driving. A DUI conviction raises concerns about a parent’s ability to provide a safe and stable environment for their child.
If the court convicts a parent of a DUI, the judge may choose to modify existing custody arrangements. This may reduce the amount of time the impaired parent spends with the child. Or, a judge may order supervised visitation. Supervised visitation involves a third-party who ensures the child’s safety during visits.
Demonstrating responsibility and rehabilitation
To regain trust and potentially restore custody rights, the convicted parent must show responsible behavior and rehabilitation. This could include participation in court-mandated programs like alcohol education classes or support groups.
Maintaining a clean record and showing consistent responsible behavior over time can help prove one’s commitment.
Open communication with the co-parent
Effective communication with the co-parent is important during this challenging time. Both parents should work together to find a solution that prioritizes the child. This may involve negotiating temporary adjustments to the custody schedule until the convicted parent demonstrates consistently responsible behavior.
Prioritizing the safety and well-being of the child is of utmost importance to the court. Parents facing this situation should take proactive steps towards rehabilitation and responsible behavior so they can enjoy a healthy relationship with their children.