May 2, 2018
A straightforward custody case can be made extremely complex and contentious when accusations are raised regarding alcohol use and abuse. Regardless of whether the concerns are legitimate or not, alcohol use that may have been problematic, but tolerated while a relationship was intact, becomes magnified many times over when the parties separate and custody has to be shared between the parties. Even when the imbibing party has committed to sobriety, the other parent may remain deeply skeptical and concerned about sharing custody of young children. This is particularly true if there is an existing pattern of sobriety and relapse into heavy consumption patterns. There are a variety of alcohol detection devices and methodologies available in Pennsylvania that can provide more insight into the level of alcohol use that is occurring. Utilizing these resources can have dual benefits: the concerned parent will either have their fears assuaged or validated and the other parent, if wrongfully accused of alcohol abuse, will have hard proof that the accusations lack merit.