Alcohol Abuse in Custody Cases

Custody and Alcohol
July 9, 2021
|   updated:
April 1, 2022

Child custody can be a contentious issue in even the most amicable of divorces. The problem only worsens when alcohol abuse or misuse is involved. Generally, these issues manifest in one of three ways...

  • Both parents have issues with alcohol abuse and face losing custody of the child(ren) altogether.
  • One parent accuses the other of alcohol abuse and requests sole custody of the child(ren).
  • A parent is suspected of drinking to excess during scheduled parenting time with the child(ren), in either a sole custody or shared custody situation.

Child Custody Case Obstacles

None of these circumstances are easy to navigate and the following obstacles will eventually come up:

  1. Can you prove that the parent is, in fact, abusing alcohol?
  2. Is one parent accusing the other without merit?
  3. What potential effect does drinking during parenting time have on the child’s well-being?

Custody and Alcohol Situations

Proving alcohol abuse in custody cases can be relatively easy in certain situations – if a parent has a recent history of alcohol-related arrests and/or they are attending a court-mandated treatment program. Some parents will even admit that they have a problem during court proceedings and enter treatment voluntarily. If none of those situations are applicable to your case, then most “evidence” will likely be based on hearsay. In the worst-case scenario, the child will become an informant, “spying” on the accused parent and reporting back to the other – which can be severely damaging to the relationships and trust of everyone involved.

Solution to Prove Alcohol Sobriety

A better solution for all involved is a modern monitoring program like those offered with Soberlink. These programs allow the accused to prove his or her sobriety during scheduled parenting times, or at any time deemed necessary, and it provides the other parent with peace-of-mind regarding the child’s safety. Sometimes the court will order monitoring, but parents can also voluntarily agree to it as a show of good faith.

Monitoring programs can save both parents from frequent court dates and unreliable evidence that can fuel more arguments. Relying on hearsay and witnesses who may or may not be trustworthy lengthens cases and rarely provides permanent closure. That is why proof is so important.

Family Law Attorney Gregory Fomran says, “The cases in which the court does not require such a choice will often lead to endless litigation. How much simpler it would be if the family court uniformly implemented this solution.”

Soberlink is the #1 alcohol monitoring system used in Family Law cases for good reason. It has been proven in court many times over as a reliable and impartial system for recording drinking events and proving sobriety.

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