When parents decide to bring an end to their relationships together or to their marriage in divorce, there are several complicated concerns that they’ll need to think about. Just one of those issues, involves how parenting time and custody should be handled. When a court needs to decide the issues the court will look at best interests of the children. Sometimes, parents can simply come to terms about child custody and parenting times on their own, through the process of negotiations through their child custody lawyers, mediation, or collaborative law. However, as a family law attorney, I’ve also seen many instances wherein parents have needed to turn to the help of the court to determine how a child’s care should be divided between spouses.
One common issue that can cause complications in deciding how a child’s custody and parenting time should be managed, is the presence of drugs, alcohol, or issues with sobriety in the lifestyles of one of the parents involved in the divorce. If a parent is known to have issues with sobriety, then it may be the court struggles to determine whether exposure to that parent is in the best interests of the child. Sometimes, visitation may be limited to “supervised” visitation, depending on whether or not the court believes that unsupervised visitation might harm the child in some way. But also getting sober can be a significant positive to allow for a custody and parenting time order to be revisited. Continue reading