I need to know what I can do to protect my daughter and how?
1 attorney answer
Addiction is a chronic disease, and a person suffering from addiction has an inability to abstain from substance abuse, and usually have a diminished recognition of the significant problems associated with their behaviors. Children need additional protections in place to protect them from a parent who is suffering from addiction and not in recovery. So, you are correct when you say he is sick – he is suffering from a medical condition that requires treatment. You do not want to go to court, but you may have no choice, in order to put safeguards in place to protect your daughter. It sounds as if his parenting time should be conditioned upon regular and random alcohol testing prior to any parenting time, and that his parenting time should also be supervised for a period of time. If he will not agree to this, you will have to get the Court to order this. You should meet with an experienced Family Lawyer to discuss your options.
Aaron T. Blase is a family law/divorce attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona. The information provided here is for general information only, and is not intended as legal advice for a specific matter. This response does not create any attorney-client relationship . For specific advice about your particular situation, please consult an attorney.
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