Child Custody: My ex-husband is using drugs and leaving guns laying around

Posted by William H. Sherman on Oct 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Question: My husband has custody of our son and I'm scared that he can't take of him.  They live in Sandy Springs.  I live in Dunwoody.  My ex-husband got custody of our son because I had to go to rehab after our divorce.  For about the past year my ex-husband has been very neglectful with the kid.

My husband has left guns around the house from his collection.  There are rifles from the 1800's, handguns from World War 2 and collectible weapons from the Vietnam War.  He just leaves them lying around the house.  He says they are not loaded but who really knows.  He goes to gun auctions and gun shows and he buys a lot of guns.

My ex-husband also travels to South America where he takes a drug called ayahuasca, which makes him vomit, cry and hallucinate.  I'm scared he may do the drug and others around our child.  Before we were married my ex told me that he used to deal drugs at Emory University and that he used to go on tour with rock bands and get them all sorts of drugs.  He told me he gave up drugs when we got married but after a few years he started doing cocaine.

I have a video of him doing that ayahuasca drug and he's obviously hallucinating and there are guns all around him.  Our son is running around and giggling thinking they are playing a game.  Do you think I can get custody changed?  I need to do something soon.

Answer: You are describing a volatile, potentially dangerous situation.  A video showing your husband, hallucinating and surrounded by firearms, with your young son can be a potent piece of evidence.  If a judge believes that your child is in danger due to your husband's activities, then he may award a change of custody.

Ayahuasca is a potent drug (it is actually a brew made from native shrubs and leaves) found in the Amazon that is becoming increasingly popular for recreational use in Georgia.  Although it does not approach the ready availability of marijuana, cocaine or meth, we are seeing its use spread.

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