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Home / Alcohol ruined my marriage and my life. My wife divorced me because of my alcoholism . I could not hold down a job and support the family, and became violent. She gained custody of our children and because of my total addiction to alcohol I lost my right to even see my children. I have been attending an ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ Support group and have a personal coach who is at my side all the time to make sure I ‘remain dry’. In the past I ‘cured’ myself of my addiction, but crumbled again when faced with pressure. I feel I have got my self-respect back and now want to see my children again. What legal action should I take ?

Alcohol ruined my marriage and my life. My wife divorced me because of my alcoholism . I could not hold down a job and support the family, and became violent. She gained custody of our children and because of my total addiction to alcohol I lost my right to even see my children. I have been attending an ‘Alcoholics Anonymous’ Support group and have a personal coach who is at my side all the time to make sure I ‘remain dry’. In the past I ‘cured’ myself of my addiction, but crumbled again when faced with pressure. I feel I have got my self-respect back and now want to see my children again. What legal action should I take ?

By: דיאנה שאלתיאלPublished on: 06 June, 2022

A father who was lost his legal rights to see his children because of addiction to alcohol but who now considers himself ‘cured’ can apply for a resumption of his visitation rights. The court will appoint a professional to make a report and recommendation on the father, his chances of successful rehabilitation and the rate of progress, and on a strategy for re-building the relationship between him and his children. Because of the father’s previous unsuccessful attempts to be alcohol-free, the court will probably order visitation rights , if re-introduced , to be held at a special ‘communication centre’ where they will be supervised , the child will not be at risk , and progress can be monitored.

 


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