Alcohol abuse,Alcohol,Parenting,Divorce,Parenting time,Parent,Abuse

Negotiating parenting when there is alcohol abuse

November 12, 2016

This content is sponsored by Shoun Bach By: Kathleen Hassett Abuse of alcohol is frequently an issue in divorce matters. For separated or divorced parents, alcohol abuse is of special concern regarding parenting time with the children. The Courts generally acknowledge that children need and benefit from ongoing and consistent time with both of their parents, as long as the parenting time remains in the best interest of the children. Judges and lawyers seek solutions to this issue that allow for parenting time while ensuring the safety and well-being of the children. There are many options for parties to consider when negotiating an agreement for a parent struggling with alcohol abuse, and those discussed below are just a few that may be a solution to this critical issue. The Custody Agreement or more appropriately called a Parenting Plan should be drafted with the goal of allowing the parent experiencing alcohol abuse to have the opportunity to maintain or build a meaningful relationship with the children, without compromising the health and safety of the children. To initially understand the gravity or degree of the addiction, the Parenting Plan may require a parent to submit to an alcohol evaluation and to follow the recommended treatment plan. Ongoing counseling with a mental health provider specializing in addiction may be required. To avoid placing the children in a dangerous situation, the...

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