Testing for alcohol or drug abuse in family proceedings: why, what, how?

If there is an allegation of substance abuse in family proceedings, the court may wish to make an order for drug or alcohol testing to help determine the facts. These types of order are most commonly used during child arrangement applications, with analysis becoming a crucial part of the evidential picture. This helps the court decide what is in the best interests of the child and which parent can offer them a safe, stable home environment. It will also determine how contact will take place.