Alcoholics dating custody
For that reason, you may want to consider some of the other ways to settle your case without getting into a full on battle.High conflict custody battles have the potential to have a serious psychological impact on children.In all 50 states, the best interest of the child standard is used to determine child custody.
Courts take action when substance abuse -- in the form of alcohol and/or prescription or illegal drugs -- hinders a parent’s ability to care for his or her children or poses a danger to the children's well-being.
If the issue is raised during a child custody hearing, the judge will likely investigate the matter to determine whether the allegations are true, and if so, whether the parent’s alcohol or drug use impacts his or her ability to properly care for the children.
In too many cases I have observed alcoholic parents who were not in recovery destroy their custody case (and their relationship with their children) by continuing to drink.
I cannot say that every parent I have dealt with who had a history of alcohol abuse and continued to drink destroyed their case but I believe this may be due, in part, to the fact that I only observe such parents for a period of a few months to a few years and they will be parents of minor children for 18 years.
The typical result is frequent trips to the family court where the parents argue over whether the alcoholic parent was drinking or when the alcoholic parent was drinking.