Divorcing an Alcoholic in Arizona
Divorcing an alcoholic in Arizona presents its own unique issues, particularly if children are involved in the divorce. The most significant issue pertains to the safety and well being of your children and can affect child custody in Arizona. A person who consumes alcohol to the point they are drunk is unable to care for or protect his or her children. Concerns exist not only in that parent’s home but the risk of that person driving while intoxicated with the children in the car. People suffering from addiction oftentimes exercise very poor judgment while they are under the influence of alcohol.
Some, but not all, alcoholics become angry and combative when they are intoxicated. This can have a direct effect on the children. Simply having a child see an intoxicated parent can have a very damaging effect on the children. If an alcoholic is prone to anger when intoxicated, you may experience caustic emails, text messages, and telephone calls from your soon to be former spouse.
It is important, therefore, to search for solutions for the alcoholic spouse in a divorce in Arizona. The court can order random testing to determine if the person has consumed alcohol. The person may seek treatment and, if necessary, be under the care and supervision of a doctor.
Your goal was divorcing an alcoholic spouse is to first protect your children and then seek help for the alcoholic husband or wife. Only then will your children have a normal relationship with both parents.
If you are divorcing an alcoholic spouse, you should call one of our experienced Scottsdale Arizona divorce attorneys at (480)305-8300 at Hildebrand Law, PC today.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.