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Pratt v. Pratt

Alabama Court of Civil Appeals
56 So. 3d 638 (2010)


Facts

Susanne M. Pratt (plaintiff) and John W. Pratt (defendant) were married and had three children. Susanne suffered from health problems, which led her doctors to prescribe her narcotics. Over time, Susanne became dependent upon those narcotics. Susanne and John separated, and Susanne began working as a nurse. However, Susanne’s substance abuse continued. The Pratts obtained a divorce on June 24, 2009. The trial court awarded the Pratts joint legal custody, John primary physical custody, and Susanne supervised visitation only. The trial court decree required that Susanne be allowed to visit with the children no less than once every two weeks, but the location and length of the visits were at the discretion of John and the visitation supervisors. Susanne appealed, arguing that the trial court exceeded its discretion in ordering supervised visitation and, alternatively, that the structure of the supervised visitation plan granted John and the visitation supervisors too much discretion.

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