Divorce Drugs & Alcohol

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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Proving or disproving drug or alcohol use in court can be a very complex and difficult process that requires experienced trial lawyers familiar with gathering and presenting evidence. If a court believes that a parent struggles with drug or alcohol use, this can cause a parent to lose custody of a child and have his or her visitation limited, supervised, or completely cut off. The court may also impose counseling requirements and testing for a parent to prove his or her sobriety before normal visitation is resumed. The testing imposed by a court can range from urinalysis testing for drugs and/or alcohol use, to ethyl glucuronide (EtG) testing, Breathalyzer testing and SCRAM testing for alcohol use to hair follicle and nail testing for drugs.

Failure to properly understand and present issues concerning testing, counseling and other drug and alcohol addiction related issues can lead to a judge or jury to wrongfully believe or disbelieve an accusation of drug or alcohol addiction. Because of the extreme impact drug and alcohol addiction can have on your child custody case, it is crucial to be represented by attorneys who understand the issues presented by a case with these issues.

*This article is not a substitute for the advice of a licensed BurnettTurner attorney.

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