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May 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Volunteer Trainings

Virtual Practice Spotlight: Drug and Alcohol Issues in Custody Matters

Learn to navigate drug and alcohol issues in Family Court

Join us and VIP Board member Megan Watson for an info session on a perennial custody-related stumbling block: handling issues of drug and alcohol abuse.


Pennsylvania’s custody statute requires that a judge consider a party’s history of drug and alcohol abuse in determining the best interests of a child. VIP custody volunteers regularly ask questions about this factor in a judge’s decision. What should attorneys do when their clients disclose drug use or drug history? What weight is the judge likely to give to a drug issue in a client’s past? What evidence is needed to show that the opposing party has a serious alcohol problem?

Please join us as VIP Board member Megan Watson (Berner, Klaw & Watson) leads a discussion on these and other questions.

Our noontime Practice Spotlights are the perfect way to overcome obstacles in your VIP cases, network with other volunteers, and deepen your commitment to expanding access to justice in Philadelphia.

This event will take place over Zoom, a free video-conferencing platform. Please RSVP below for the Zoom meeting information.