Alcohol Monitoring with Steve Paymer

We hope this isn’t you, but if you’re concerned that your ex is drinking around the kids, there are solutions. Whether you need to rule out an issue or facilitate recovery, monitoring can bring you that peace of mind.

If your ex doesn’t walk into a monitoring facility voluntarily, you can force his/her hand through the courts. The records are good for both parties involved, whether you are re-establishing credibility or creating a level of comfort.

For monitoring, there are several options depending on your needs. For spot checks, urine testing is still the ideal. For longer term monitoring, you can use a transdermal alcohol monitor, like a bracelet on your ankle, that measures the gas you emit. And lastly, there are sophisticated breathalyzers that have cameras, with a built-in chip that sends both an image and a reading simultaneously to the computer. Although .08 is the legal limit, the systems encourage 100% abstinence.

Although this isn’t covered by insurance, we think it’s small fee to pay to ensure that your kids are safe.


About the Author Barb & Jo

Through the process of our own divorces, Barb Hazelton and Jo Briggs learned more than they ever needed or wanted to know. Through their friendship, shared experiences, and connections through navigating their own divorces, they created this video series. They've been where you are and they hope Single Process can make it easier for you by connecting you to their resources.