01483 826 470


Alcohol & Drugs

Picture of a lawyer

Support for specialist family courts

A pioneering family court service which offers parents a better chance of recovering from drug or alcohol addiction is to be extended across the UK.

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) - the first of its kind - works with people whose children have been taken into care because of parental substance abuse. The court offers parents increased support compared with the traditional court process and a higher chance of being reunited with their children through custody or contact arrangements.

Unlike conventional court proceedings, parents will see the same judge throughout and meet with them every fortnight. They also receive a range of support including drug and alcohol testing and treatment, psychiatric support and practical assistance with related issues such as housing, domestic violence and financial hardship.

The first FDAC was set up in London in 2008 by the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust and leading children’s charity Coram. Now the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has secured support from the Department for Education to extend FDAC to at least two locations across the country. 

Coram will still be involved in helping advise and guide the development of the new courts.

“The Family Drug and Alcohol Court pilot has carried out excellent work supporting parents and children whose lives have been impacted by alcohol and substance abuse,” said Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families. “That’s why we’ve made further funding available to create at least two additional courts, to help provide early and effective support to some of our most vulnerable families”.

Contact our specialist family lawyers and therapists

If you have a family dispute that needs resolving, including disputes involving substance abuse, we are here to help and look forward to your call. Please contact us on 01483 826 470 or complete our online enquiry form to the right of this page.

Care cases diverted from court in Cafcass pilot
Divorce rates immune to boom and bust

Contact us

Please let us know your name.

Please let us know your email address.

Please enter a valid telephone number

Please select one option.

Please select one option.

Please let us know your occupation.

Please let us know your message.

Call now to arrange a consultation01483 826 470