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Can a DUI Affect My Divorce Proceedings?

Alcoholism is a disorder where a person’s drinking causes serious problems in their everyday life, yet the individual continues to drink. Often, the addiction can spill over into the alcoholic’s personal and professional life and affect everything from family relationships, to their job, to personal appearance, to taking care of their home, and their finances.

Alcoholics build up a tolerance to alcohol and they often need more alcohol to feel drunk. When an alcoholic suddenly stops drinking, they can experience withdrawal symptoms, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Nervousness
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia

A severe form of alcohol withdrawal is caused “delirium tremens,” which can cause agitation, fever, seizures, hallucinations, and severe confusion. In contrast, the symptoms of being drunk may include: loss of balance and coordination, quick mood changes, slurred speech, and blacking out.

What is Alcohol Use Disorder?

According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, severe drinking problems are given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD.

Signs of AUD, include:

  • Craving or having a strong urge to drink.
  • Continuing to drink even though it’s causing trouble with family.
  • Getting into situations while drinking that increase the chances of getting hurt; for example, driving, using machinery, or walking in a dangerous area.
  • Finding that your usual number of drinks are much less effective than before.
  • Once the effects of alcohol wear off, you experience withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, irritability, or depression.

According to the NIH, a 2012 study revealed that over 10 percent of U.S. children lived with a parent with an alcohol problem. Whether an alcoholic is experiencing withdrawals or exhibiting the signs of being drunk, it can be hard on the alcoholic’s family.

With regards to an unhappy marriage and whether the alcohol problem caused the marital problems, or was the result of them, it can be either. If you are filing for divorce and your addiction has led to DUIs, or accidents, you may be wondering if the DUIs can have an impact on your divorce proceeding.

If you have children, your DUIs can affect child custody decisions, especially if they are recent.

Contact the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. for Help

If you are facing DUI charges in Orange County and are in the midst of a divorce, we suggest that you contact an Orange County DUI lawyer from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to see what steps you can take to protect yourself, and your parental rights.