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I will try to answer each of your questions separately."Who is usually awarded custody?"
Unfortunately, there is no definite answer to this. If the parents agree, the court will award joint custody. The Judge's main concern will be that the child gets continuing care from both parents. If the parents don't agree, the court will look at the "best interests" of the child to determine custody. Some of the factors are:
1. The child's health, safety, and welfare
2. Any history of abuse
3. Parents' backgrounds including violent crimes and alcohol abuse
4. Stability of the home environment
5. Separation of siblings
6. The child's wishes
And any other information releveant to determing the child's "best interests"."How do I prove my husband is an alcoholic & would this affect custody
The fact that your husband is an alcoholic would certainly
affect custody. As I mentioend in # XXXXX the court will look at each of the parents' background including their history of alcohol abuse. The alcohol use must be "habitual or continual", and it is proven by "independent corroboration" - inclding written reports from law enforcement agencies, courts, probation
departments, social welfare agencies, medical rehabilitation facilities, or other organizations providing drug and alcohol abuse services.If my answer was helpful, please click ACCEPT so I may be compensated for my time. Thanks.