Are you searching for strategies for protecting your custody and visitation goals with an addicted or violent spouse? How will the Court view issues such as alcohol or drug addiction? What impact does domestic violence have upon child custody and visitation orders?
The good news is it is not only possible to start a new chapter in your life with a divorce, but you can protect yourself and your children while accomplishing your goals. It is important to acknowledge that those who are addicted to alcohol or drugs often appear quite functional from the “outside.” They are often able to earn a good living and cover their addiction in “public.” In other cases, addiction leads to a spiral of dysfunctional behavior. It will be important to document many aspects of the addiction in order to protect your interests and those of your children.
Protecting your custody and visitation goals with an addicted or violent spouse often involve documented cases of domestic violence. These cases often involve restraining orders. If the abuse occurs behind closed doors it is important to preserve important evidence such as e-mails, texts, voicemails in order to document issues of physical and/or emotional abuse.
Our Courts take every child custody and visitation case quite seriously. Protecting the parties and their children is a priority in any divorce. The Court will weigh all forms of evidence as it considers the qualifications of each party from the perspective of co-parenting. It is absolutely possible to protect children through supervised visitation or an award of sole physical and legal custody.
Protecting your custody and visitation goals with an addicted or violent spouse begins with evidence. However, the legal skill and experience of your attorney will make a substantial difference in these cases. This is why it is so important to seek the experienced, proven advice and counsel of the Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq. We protect our clients and the best interests of each child. We work to accomplish your goals and help you to get through these difficult challenges so that you can complete the process and move forward with the next chapter of your life.