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HelloThis is Samuel and I will discuss this and provide you information in this regard. You state you are separated and filing for a divorce. Does that mean there is no court order for him to have visitation?
Without a court order, you are under no obligation to allow any visits. So if you are concerned with his drinking, at this time, just stop the visits. The parent in possession is the parent in control and that means you do not need to allow visits and it also means that once he has possession he is under no legal obligation to return the children to you since there is no court order.As the divorce progresses and he seeks visitation, you can request that the court order him to not drink in the presence of the children or when he has visitations with them. You can keep notes of the times the children have asked to be picked up because Dad is drinking and they don't want to be there. You do not need witnesses to this as the judge can interview the children behind closed doors, out of earshot of both parents and they can tell the judge the problems.At this time, I suggest, you just not allow the visits.