Stress is no excuse for child neglect.

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

All kinds of marital problems can cause stress to both the husband and the wife.  Deciding whether to separate and divorce can be stressful.  Going through the process of divorce, even under amicable circumstances, can be a very stressful experience.

But where children are concerned, stress of the parents is no excuse for neglecting children.  If one spouse is abusing alcohol or drugs, it is the duty of the other spouse to step in and make whatever arrangements have to be made to protect the children.  Certainly no child should be in a car with an alcoholic parent. 

Legal options are available to provide for the best interests of the children.  Grand parents, although they have no rights by operation of law, can file for and become temporary custodians of the children.   Relatives can file in the courthouse for temporary guardianships.  In either case, this gives the natural parents time to get back on their feet emotionally and financially in order to be a fit parent to their children. 

An unfit parent is detrimental to the children.  The other spouse should then file for temporary sole custody for the same reason. 

In conclusion, if you see a child that is abandoned, abused or neglected, there are ways legally to protect that child and you need to do something IMMEDIATELY about  this unfortunate situation.  For more information, click on the Robin Roshkind, P.A. website at or consult with one of the attorneys at the firm by calling 561-835-9091.


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