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Alcoholism and Child Custody

When making child custody agreements, a court will consider a number of factors, including whether a parent has a history of alcoholism. Many times a parent may be unfit to take care of a child due to alcohol abuse, but determining that in a court of law can be difficult. As a parent, the safety and welfare of your child is of utmost importance. Thus, if you are fighting to have custody of your child and alcoholism is a factor, the support of a qualified custody attorney is essential.

A Colleyville child custody lawyer of Alexander & Associates can help you fight to protect your custody rights and the welfare of your children. To speak with an attorney about your case today, contact our offices at 817-756-4040.

Determining Alcohol Abuse in Court

When an argument is made that one parent is unfit to care for a child due to alcohol abuse, the court takes the matter seriously. While it may be difficult to define exactly what constitutes alcoholism, the court will look at several factors to make its determination, such as:

  • A history of legal issues involving alcohol such as public intoxication arrests, DWIs, etc.
  • Reliable witness testimony
  • Participation in treatment programs or groups for alcoholism (with consideration of its effectiveness)
  • Evaluations from a licensed psychologist

Taken together, the evidence of alcohol abuse may give the court grounds to deny physical and/or legal custody to the parent in question.

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A Colleyville child custody attorney of Alexander & Associates understands how important the welfare of your child is when you are facing a child custody dispute. To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and skilled attorneys, contact us today at 817-756-4040.