Can I challenge my ex’s accusations of alcohol abuse?

Can I challenge my ex’s accusations of alcohol abuse and his/her threat to restrict access to my children?

By Gene C. Colman
October 18, 2014
ON FAQs/Legal Issues

Allegations of alcohol abuse are often advanced to restrict a parent’s access to his/her children in both child custody cases and in child welfare (children’s aid society) cases. There are reliable measures available to challenge such allegations.

Yes, it does cost money. But the money spent on remote alcohol monitoring is a lot cheaper than extensive lawyers’ fees. Recovery Science Corporation is one company that will affix a device to your body to remotely measure alcohol consumption; the founder of this company is a lawyer. Another company is Viaguard Accu-Metrics in Toronto. This company uses iPhone 5 technology platform to capture alcohol levels from remote locations. The device’s camera captures your picture as you blow into the device. The device transmits your reading to a secure server. A report can be instantly transferred as directed by the court order – for example, to the other parent.

If alcohol consumption is an issue in your case, it is well worth contacting these companies to see if their testing mechanisms would be appropriate for your situation. Such remote testing should be accompanied with an appropriate court order.


For over 35 years, Gene C. Colman has been providing trusted legal guidance to clients facing the complexities of the family law system in Ontario and worldwide. He is trained in mediation and values alternatives to divorce litigation, such as collaborative family law.

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October 18, 2014
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