CHILD CUSTODY/DIVORCE SUBSTANCE ABUSE ASSESSEMENT
Family Courts sometimes make a finding that there is sufficient evidence of habitual, frequent or continual illegal use of alcohol or drugs by a parent. The courts take substance abuse related issues extremely seriously in child custody cases. Keep in mind it is not enough just to show the parent uses alcohol or illicit drugs, but the frequency of use and the impact it has on the parent’s ability to take care of his or her child. Criminal charges, convictions, and incarceration are significant factors of consideration in these cases.
Family Courts typically assign drug and alcohol abuse cases to qualified alcohol and drug assessment group to conduct an evaluation and examination of the parent to determine the seriousness of the substance abuse as well as to make recommendations the court can take in consideration.
Often family court requires the assessor to interview third parties and review documentation to take in account the facts of the case as known to the court. Our clinical child custody or divorce drug & alcohol assessment provides you with an accurate, timely and above all professional report to the court which acknowledges past or existing problems but distinguishes between incidental alcohol and drug use versus problematic and dependent alcohol and drug use.
In the case of divorce, courts take substance abuse issues very seriously. For example, alimony; a spouse with an alcohol or drug problem who has drained the couple’s finances could be ordered to pay additional alimony for using the couple’s financial resources to pay for his or her alcohol and/or drug dependence.
On the other hand, in rarer cases, the sober spouse may be required to pay for the addicted spouse’s costs of treatment not covered by disability benefits. Either way, a professional clinical substance abuse assessment is often assigned to these cases to determine if a substance related disorder exists and the extent of the problem. As in child custody substance abuse assessments, the court often requires the assessor to interview third parties and review documentation to take in account the facts of the case as known to the court in determining the assessment results.
FEES FOR A CHILD CUSTODY DRUG & ALCOHOL ASSESSMENT (In Person, By Phone or By Webcam)
Weekday standard service – $500.00
(Completed 4-5 business days after interview)
Rush order timeframe begins after the clinical interview. Please contact us before ordering a rush order to confirm our availability.
Completion same business day: add $225.00
Completion next business day: add $150.00
Completion in 2-3 business days: add $75.00
Register – directly online or call our office – call first if you are placing a rush order
Complete an online or in-office questionnaire
Interview – with an evaluator in our office, by webcam or phone* (45-55 min.)
Collateral Information – the evaluator usually interviews third parties or documents to verify facts
Wait to recieve your secure report directly from your online account
Note: if you need to provide us with important documents from the court you may email, fax, or upload them to your account at any time