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Ronan
Ronan, Solicitor
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Satisfied Customers: 2214
Experience:  B. Corp Law, Ll.B. Dip Comm Prop. In general practice for more then 6 years
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My ex partner is an alcholic drug user and is threatening to

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My ex partner is an alcholic drug user and is threatening to look for joint custody of our baby girl. Is he likely to get it? He is not a good person and is a danger to the baby - violent, alcholic, aggressive, drunk driver
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Customer: I am worried that if we go to court he will get custody of the baby
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Ronan replied 10 months ago.

It is unlikely that the Court will grant him joint custody in circumstances where he has problems with alcohol and drugs. However it is likely this will be your word against his.

In order to bolster your case, you should ask the Judge to have the HSE conduct a Section 20 report. This is a report by the social workers into the child's circumstances and living arrangements. This may highlight the concerns you have with his violence, alcohol and drugs

The Court may decide that it is more appropriate that he has supervised access