Drug test influences judge in reality TV custody case

by | Jun 16, 2016 | Child Custody |

California fans of the popular reality television series “Southern Charm” may be aware that two of the show’s stars, Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis, have been involved in a bitter feud over custody of their 2-year-old daughter and 7-month-old son. The two celebrities traded accusations on social media before appearing in a South Carolina courtroom on June 9.

Ravenel says that he only initiated the legal action after being prevented from seeing his son and daughter by Dennis. Dennis responded that Ravenel was more interested in pursuing women than seeing his children and had stopped providing for them financially. Ravenel responded by saying that he was still sending more than $3,000 to Dennis each month.

The dispute seemed destined to be a long and contentious one, but it was settled quickly after a toxicology test discovered quantities of both marijuana and cocaine in Dennis’ system. After hearing of the drug test results, the judge ordered a joint custody arrangement and stipulated that Dennis not be allowed to spend time with the children alone. The judge also warned both parents to avoid alcohol and drugs for at least 12 hours before spending time with the boy and girl.

This case reveals how parents involved in a child custody dispute may sometimes make lurid accusations about one another. It also shows that the courts take drug and alcohol abuse very seriously when decisions have to be made that affect young children. Experienced family law attorneys will likely be aware of this, and they may urge those involved in custody or visitation disputes to refrain from airing their grievances on social media and eschew alcohol and drugs. Attorneys could also advise parents to seek an amicable resolution whenever possible to avoid the cost and public glare of a protracted court battle.

Source: Inquisitr, “Kathryn Dennis Prepares To Face Off With Thomas Ravenel During ‘Southern Charm’ Reunion After Failing Drug Test?”, Lindsay Cronin, June 16, 2016