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Divorced parents: working with experienced legal counsel to address parental alienation

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the issue of how to address child custody and parenting time disagreements that arise after divorce. As we noted last time, enforcement and modification of custody and parenting time orders may be necessary in cases where parents are unable to work out their differences on their own.

One particularly difficult issue couples is parental alienation syndrome. In such cases, the issue is not that the parent is violating the custody or parenting time order or that there is a specific disagreement about any custody matter, but that there is a concerted effort to poison a child against the other parent. This can cause all kinds of problems. 

Parents may attempt to poison children against the other parent in an attempt to get back at the other parent while flying under the radar of the court. In such cases, the parent attempts to make the child the instigator of violations of the child custody order. To some extent, the guilty parent can get away with this given that divorced parents are going to be hesitant for force a child against their will to spend time with them.

Parents need to understand, though, how to identify parental alienation syndrome and distinguish it from ordinary rejection or indifference toward the parent. One of the tell-tale signs is that the child’s reasons for rejected parent are actually those of the other parent. This can sometimes be accompanied by the child’s vehement insistence that his or her feelings are original.

Whenever a divorced parent suspects that parental alienation may be at work in a child’s rejection and refusal to participate in custody or visitation time, it is important to consult with an experienced to address the issue with appropriate remedies. 

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Divorced parents: working with experienced legal counsel to address parental alienation | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC