Benchbook on Substance Abuse and Addiction for Family Courts

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Benchbook on Substance Abuse and Addiction for Family Courts

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When an individual comes to family court, the underlying reasons he or she is there may not be readily apparent. Often, substance abuse and addiction are major factors in family court proceedings, inflicting upon families and children the same destructive and debilitating consequences as they do on those involved with the criminal justice system.

Yet the problem of substance abuse and addiction remains largely unaddressed in the nation’s family courts. Only 24% of judges and masters surveyed in Maryland ask court staff for information on an individual’s use of alcohol and other drugs. Of those surveyed, 88% said that they would benefit from further training on substance abuse and addiction.

Publication Date

2010

Publisher

University of Baltimore School of Law, Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts

City

Baltimore, MD

Keywords

addiction, child abuse and neglect, court reform, court services, domestic relations, family law, substance abuse

Disciplines

Courts | Family Law | Law

Benchbook on Substance Abuse and Addiction for Family Courts

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