Alcohol and Substance Abuse Testing in Custodial Settings In Connecticut
Dedicated lawyers who protect you and your children
The courts consider what is in the best interest of the children in cases involving support and custody. Although the court places a priority on maintaining the relationships between children and both of their parents, this is not always possible if a child’s well-being is at risk. Connecticut courts have the authority to order parents to undergo therapy, counseling, and drug and alcohol screening as a condition of visitation or custody. Substance abuse testing allows parents to have contact with their children while protecting minors from potential harm.
Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC was established in 1982 to help Connecticut families with challenging issues. Our team advises you on using the family law court system to protect your children. Our attorneys are regularly appointed by the court as guardians ad litem or lawyers to represent the children’s best interests in cases involving parental rights. We are up-to-date on the constantly evolving laws governing court-ordered alcohol and drug testing and treatments.
If you suspect the other parent is dangerously using drugs or alcohol
Addicted parents do not have to be on skid row to be dangerous. A parent who is too intoxicated to react to an emergency may be unfit to handle potentially life-threatening situations. Also, a parent’s abuse of prescribed pharmaceuticals — such as painkillers, anti-anxiety medications or sleeping pills — can pose a significant threat to your children even though the drugs themselves are legal. If you suspect that the other parent is abusing drugs or alcohol, our diligent lawyers file a motion with the court requesting the appropriate level of intervention — including granting you full custody rights, suspending the parent’s visitation or allowing the parent only supervised visitation, treatment or testing.
If you have been rightly or wrongly accused of substance dependence
Divorces sometimes involve vicious threats and untruthful accusations. For a parent, the terrifying prospect of losing your children can be used against you by the other parent. We take steps to establish your fitness as a parent who should not be subjected to intrusive tests and unnecessary treatments if you have been wrongly accused of substance abuse.
Consult dedicated Connecticut custody attorneys who put your children’s best interest first
Learn more about court-ordered alcohol and drug testing as a condition of visitation and custody, and how we can protect your parental rights and your children’s well-being. Call the Rutkin, Oldham & Griffin, LLC Westport office at 203-227-7301 or our Greenwich office at 203-869-7277 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.