In deriving a parenting plan that is in the child's best interest, the court shall consider a parent's habitual or continual use of not only illegal drugs, but also prescription drugs and alcohol abuse as well. However, do not count on the other parent showing up to court under the influence and the Court observing this first hand and making appropriate orders. Also, do not believe that "just because you say the other parent in an addict/alcoholic" that the Court will make appropriate orders to that effect. There are many functional addicts/abusers that can keep it together long enough to show others that they are "normal" or do not have an issue with these substances.
The Court requires corroborating evidence to substantiate these allegations. This evidence includes, but is not limited to written reports from law enforcement, probation departments, medical facilities etc. If you are unfamiliar with how to obtain this evidence or if you are recovering from a substance/alcohol abuse issue, contact experienced Covina child custody attorney Paul Eads today.