Ohio child custody battles usually involve parents who are no longer together. Less common, although still numerous, are situations where the state takes custody of a child for one reason or another. One couple is fighting for child custody after they say they were just trying to help their son.

The mother and stepfather of a teenager were recently arrested for giving the boy marijuana. They were charged with reckless conduct, a misdemeanor offense that will stay on their records permanently since they entered a guilty plea. Once they were arrested, the state’s Division of Family and Children Services got involved and took the boy from his parents.

According to the parents, the boy has numerous seizures throughout a single day, every day. They tried drugs that were prescribed by doctors as well as cannabis oil, but nothing came close to helping. They felt marijuana would help him but left the actual decision up to their son. He made the choice to use the drug and afterward was able to go 71 days without another seizure. The parents say they are not sorry and would do it again to help their son.

Parents typically do whatever it takes to give their children the best lives they can. As in this case, the boundaries of the law may come into question and sound legal representation is required. Ohio parents who are fighting a child custody battle, whether with an ex or the state, will want an attorney who will build a strong case to present in court.

Source: kvue.com, “Georgia family loses custody of son after giving him marijuana to treat seizures“, Zach Merchant, May 27, 2018