Losing custody of a child is often devastating to an Ohio parent. Those who have gone through the process may know what a legal nightmare it is to regain child custody. One couple is not only fighting their home state for child custody but also against the possibility of neglect charges that could be brought against them.
The couple’s three-year-old son has been recently diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He was started on chemotherapy immediately but went through extreme behavioral changes just as quickly. After the boy received several treatments, his parents thought the cancer had been held at bay and left the state in an effort to find alternative therapy that would not put their son through the side effects caused by chemotherapy. However, when they failed to appear for more treatments, the state got involved and secured an order that took the son away from his parents and placed him with his grandparents.
The attorney for the parents says blood tests after the alternative methods they were using show there is now no cancer in the boy’s body and that he is basically cured. A specialist in the field of the boy’s specific type of cancer says those blood tests do not give the complete story and that, although he may be in remission, he has not been through enough chemotherapy to know whether or not he has been cured. This doctor is not treating the boy, but, in his opinion, the cancer will likely return. Statistics show that the original recommended chemotherapy regimen has a 90 percent cure rate.
This type of child custody struggle can be overwhelming and fraught with frustration. It can be difficult to know where to turn for help. An Ohio family law attorney can be utilized to take control of the situation and fight for the best interest of the child in a court of law.