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My ex spouse has no DUIs but drinks a lot in front of my teen son. When I way a lot I mean he has parties where friends are gett

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getting inebriated but not passing out. I do not approve of this lifestyle on his weekends & my son now accepts it. He is 15. We have been divorced one year. I have custody. Do I have grounds for supervised visits? When we married he abused me a few times to the point of near death but I was afraid to call police for fear of causing trouble for our family. He is a highly functional alcoholic who works hard & thinks he is entitled.

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  1. The more evidence you have the better. Witnesses, video etc. If you fear for you child's well-being, you should definitely attempt to modify custody order. He could be given supervised visits, drug or alcohol testing etc. Call some local family attorneys experienced with custody modifications and talk with them.

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  2. Anything that happened during your marriage cannot be mentioned again. The date the judge signed the Final Decree of Divorce started the slate clean for both of you. The history is irrelevant. I assume that your divorce attorney told you that when you divorced.

    The problem with filing a modification is that the burden is on you to prove that it is a change of circumstance. Did he drink before you divorced? If so, no change in circumstance. You have to prove that this is a dangerous situation. A 15 yr. old can call 911 if there is a problem.

    I recommend that you call a strong, tough family law attorney in the Houston area for a consultation. I don't know if you have grounds for a modification. He might be a bully and a nasty guy but that might not be enough to modify.

    Good luck!

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  3. Depends on your judge. If he drinks all the time but no health, job, or social issues, then alcohol is legal in the US and I doubt you will get anywhere.