Even though drinking alcohol is not a long-term strategy for dealing with stress, many Americans drink as a coping mechanism. In fact, according to USA Today, as many as 20% of adults in the U.S. admit to drinking heavily in response to stress.
Your child custody dispute is probably one of the more stressful things you have ever gone through. If you use alcohol to help you manage your stress, you must be careful never to drink and drive. After all, a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol can negatively affect your custody case.
You may not end up with physical custody
Judges in the Keystone State must consider what is best for the children when making custody-related determinations. Having a parent who has a tendency to drink and drive is not likely to be good for any child, of course. Therefore, you can expect the judge in your case to consider your DUI record when determining whether you receive sole or joint physical custody of your kids.
Your legal custody is probably not at risk
Even though you may have difficulty ending up with the physical custody arrangement you want, the news is not all bad. Indeed, a single DUI conviction is not likely to interfere with legal custody. This is the type of custody that gives you the authority to make important decisions about your child’s education, culture, religion and medical care.
You undoubtedly have some options for dealing with a DUI during your custody dispute. Ultimately, to fully understand these options, it is critical for you to tell your family lawyer about your DUI conviction immediately.