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|January 2, 2008
||Coria Holland, Director of Communications
A Valuable Tool In Child Custody/Visitation Battles
faced with warring couples embroiled in custody battles
or at odds over child visitation issues have a new tool
to assist them in determining the individuals' fitness
Officers in the Probate & Family Courts may now use
the Sobrietor, a devise used to monitor alcohol consumption,
when a parent alleges that his or her former partner is
abusing alcohol in front of the children.
are often faced with difficult decisions on whether to
approve or deny visitation or custody when a parent is
alleged to have an alcohol problem," said Rick O'Neil,
Regional Administrator for the Probate & Family Court
in the Office of the Commissioner of Probation.
added, "When utilizing the Sobrietor, the court can immediately
determine whether alcohol is being consumed during visits
by random testing and take appropriate action when there
is a positive test result. The equipment also provides
the court with empirical data to assist judges in making
future decisions that impact the safety and well being
Stephen Steinberg, Plymouth County Associate Justice, said
he has found the Sobrietor to be a useful tool in determining
whether a parent has alcohol issues.
Sobrietor has been very successful when there have been
allegations of drinking. The argument, however, can be
put to rest with the use of the Sobrietor. It provides
great flexibility," said Judge Steinberg.
Gable, a Probation Officer at Plymouth County Probate & Family
Court, has used the Sobrietor in child custody cases. Gable
said of the apparatus, "It helps to ensure the safety and
protection of children."