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Can an Alcoholic Get Child Custody?

Posted in Divorce on May 15, 2018

Alcohol plays a part in many of our lives, so it’s not surprising that a person’s alcohol use can be a factor for child custody during a divorce.

Just because a spouse drinks alcohol, does not automatically mean they will lose custody of their child. If a parent has been diagnosed as an alcoholic or with another addiction, it does not mean their rights will be denied. Having an alcoholic beverage every now and then does not make you a bad parent or too irresponsible to raise a child. The same is true for a recovering addict who has a clean track record during their sobriety.

If drinking alcohol interferes with a child’s well-being, then it can affect child custody. If your spouse whom you’re divorcing is in denial about their alcoholism, it can be hard to trust them especially with a child. If a spouse has alcohol related criminal offenses, that can also be a factor when determining child custody.

The court does have options to protect children in these situations. The court can restrict visitations, such as no overnights or supervised visits only. The court can also require the offending parent to submit to drug and alcohol testing to seek treatment.

When divorcing an alcoholic, be aware in advance that you will face many challenges during the process, especially when it comes to custody. Contact one of the attorneys at Manchin Injury Law Group today if you are considering divorce.