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Looking at another case of parental alienation in Michigan

We’ve previously written on this blog about the issue of parental alienation and the damage it can do to children’s relationship with the alienated parent. It’s a difficult issue to deal with, regardless of the other circumstances involved.

A recent article looked at a Michigan divorce case involving the issue of parental alienation. The couple had an on-again, off-again relationship prior to ending their marriage in 2009, with the mother taking the couple’s children and the father being granted visitation rights. Two months after the divorce was finalized, though, the mother sought to end her ex-husband’s parental rights, claiming he failed to exercise them.

Both parents made accusations against one another, including domestic abuse, child endangerment, alcoholism, child abuse, and denial of parenting time. The father claims the children began to turn against their father, leading him to suspect parental alienation. In 2015, the father was awarded physical and legal custody of both children.

To repair the damage caused, the children were enrolled to participate in a family reunification program. The program was not successful, particularly in the case of the couple’s oldest daughter, who has willingly emancipated herself from the father’s care at the age of 17. Reunification therapy is controversial for obvious reasons, and there is a lot of debate about whether courts should order families to participate in it.

Child custody is almost always a difficult matter for divorcing couples, in some way or another. For parents, working with an experienced attorney is necessary to ensure one’s parental rights and interests are protected. This is particularly important in contentious custody cases where parental alienation is a real possibility. 

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Looking at another case of parental alienation in Michigan | Peter A D'Angelo, Attorney at Law, PLC