Risk assessments are often required when one party or the other has acted in such a way that there is an issue as to whether or not that party is a risk to the parties' children. A risk assessment is often ordered after domestic violence has occurred or if a party has a substance abuse problem or if there have been other issues directly with the children. Often the behavior at issue is independent of any prior acts of risk with the children and a professional such as a psychologist must perform a risk assessment to make sure the behavior of the party has either changed or even with it, they are of no risk to the children. Parties with children, whether they are getting a divorce or not, are subject to a risk assessment. Often a court will order a specific professional for the risk assessment, unfortunately, a big factor in the assessment is the cost.
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Divorce and Substance Abuse. Unfortunately, more and more, divorce and substance abuse go hand in hand. There are many times where one party may have a substance abuse issue that causes or contributes to a divorce. In those instances, that substance abuse may have to be dealt within the terms of the divorce, especially if there are past instances of domestic violence or if there are children involved. If there are children involved, the court may determine that a risk assessment is necessary to determine if the children should be exposed to the other party in a non-supervised setting or not. In addition, going forward a party may choose to have a best interest analysis done so that an expert may determine what is in the best interest of the children as regards custody and parenting time.
Divorce and Substance Abuse. There are times in a marriage where the principal problem that causes a divorce is substance abuse. It is a sad reality that many families must deal with today in our society. I have seen many cases where alcoholism plays a major role or abuse of pills such as Oxycotin, which unfortunately often starts out being prescribed for pain relief from a minor issue such as back surgery and results in a full blown addiction, where even rehabilitation often fails. In cases such as these, the issues of child custoday, parenting time, overnight visitation, supervised visitation are all issues for the Court. Often, an evaluation or assessment is ordered so that the court may make an informed decision as to what is in the best interests of the children as regarding continued exposure to a parent with a substance abuse issue.