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Child Custody and Alcohol Abuse

Some divorces are more complicated than others. An example would be cases that involve substance abuse or alcohol abuse.

Alcoholism is a large problem, and when there are children involved, it is important not just to consider the health and safety of the individual who struggles with the abuse, but also the safety of the children involved. In such cases, a court may consider the person’s alcohol or substance abuse as a factor before deciding to determine child custody and visitation arrangements.

If you currently are struggling with alcohol abuse, you may find that it adversely impacts your ability to gain custody of your child. Not only that, but it could also affect your ability to gain unsupervised visitation time with your child. In such cases, the court may simply decide that you are only eligible for supervised visitation time in which you will see the child in a supervised environment.

Courts take alcohol abuse and substance abuse very seriously, not just at the time of awarding custody arrangements, but even after. For instance, if you are a custodial parent struggling with an alcohol problem, you may easily find your child being taken away from you. Colorado is a no-fault divorce rate, which means that a person does not have to prove that his or her spouse has an alcohol problem to get a divorce. However, if you’re the one who struggles with the alcohol problem, your spouse can establish that your alcoholism makes you an unfit parent, and undeserving of the custody of your child.

Whether you are currently the custodial parent in danger of losing a child due to alcohol abuse, or want to remove your child from your ex-spouse’s care because of alcoholism, discuss how you can deal with these intricate family matters with a Colorado family lawyer.