What should I do if I’m worried about my kids when they’re with my ex-wife who struggles with alcohol dependency?

I share custody with my ex-wife. She struggles with alcohol dependency and I’m worried about my kids while they’re with her. Is there anything I can do?

By Shelby Hendrix
April 06, 2016
ex-wife struggles with alcohol dependency

The priority in child custody cases is always the welfare of the children. When one parent struggles with alcohol dependency, the concern for child safety is only heightened.

If alcohol is a concern in your custody case, you have the unique option to monitor sobriety during parenting time.

When an alcohol addiction or dependency is involved in a divorce, custody battles can often become even more complicated and difficult. You can make sure the ex-spouse is conducting safe and sober parenting time with your client¹s children by monitoring their alcohol consumption.

EtG urine testing is often used to monitor alcohol consumption, but it is an outdated, unreliable, and inconvenient method. A major handicap of EtG urine testing is that there is no way of knowing whether or not the ex-spouse is sober in real-time.

Alcohol monitoring technology has left EtG urine testing behind and moved forward with the advent of handheld mobile-breath systems. Use mobile Breathalyzers and monitoring software to get real-time breath test results during parenting time to ensure child safety.

Real-time results allow quick action and improved response to potentially dangerous situations during parenting time.

Mobile breath systems give your client the ability to ensure safe visitations. Documented proof of either alcohol sobriety or consumption has the potential to create custody opportunities.


Shelby Hendrix is a blogger for Soberlink, a company that offers non-invasive mobile breathalyzers that test alcohol levels and supply real-time readings to parents via text or email.

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