Arin R. Fife Answers:
When deciding the allocation of parenting time and responsibilities the court will take many things into consideration, such as any impairment to mental health, or any alcohol or drug abuse. Most judges will take allegations of impairment and substance abuse seriously, and these allegations will be investigated thoroughly via random testing, psychological evaluations, and interviews. If you are the spouse who has issues with substance abuse, then you should seek treatment immediately. Do not be ashamed or fearful to seek the help you need. Courts are very supportive of parents who admit a problem and work to resolve it.