I used to abuse and hit my children when I got drunk. I’ve been sober for two months and now want custody. What can I do?
Two months of sobriety may not be enough to show the court that you are truly committed to change. Abuse is serious, and can permanently change your relationship with your children. Healing takes time, and your first priority should be fixing the damage you have caused, especially if the other parent is a loving and safe parent. With time and work, you may be able to seek more time with your children. Talk to your lawyer, and continue with your efforts to get sober and control your temper. If you do not have visitation now, you may be able to petition for supervised visitation, and then gradually move toward unsupervised visitation.