Child Custody & Parental Alienation

It made the news when Alec Baldwin ranted at his daughter who did not want to come see him. He complained that his ex-wife had turned his daughter against him. Parents using children in a divorce is not a new concept, but courts and family law attorneys have given this idea a name: parental alienation. If not handled properly, “parental alienation” can have devastating effects on the ability to co-parent effectively and can have lasting harmful effects on the parent-child relationship.

The basic concept of parental alienation is this: one parent becomes so enraged at the other for real or perceived transgressions during marriage or during divorce that they lash out through the children. The “offending” parent will tell the children terrible things about the “alienated” parent in an attempt to turn the child against the other parent and become closer to the child. The offender will try to use the children as a pawn in the “game” of divorce, using a custody battle as a punishment for a marriage gone awry. The alienated parent often feels alone and helpless, seemingly without recourse to try to stop this behavior; but choosing the proper family law attorney can help that parent gain their life, and their child, back.

The family law attorneys at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. know how to advocate for the alienated parent, how to involve the right experts, how to present the right evidence. Our child custody attorneys understand that it is not enough to just throw up your hands or yell “No I didn’t!”; when parental alienation is involved the defense is intricate and methodical. Defending an alienated parent and putting the offending parent on the offense is an arena that all family law attorneys are familiar with. Engaging medical and psychological experts, making the proper motions to the court, and allowing the alienated parent the proper tools to regain the trust of a child, are all examples of what an experienced family law attorney can provide their client.

Parental alienation is unfortunately common in today’s family law arena. Arming yourself with the right attorney can make all the difference for you and your child. The high conflict child custody attorneys at Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C. will skillfully guide you through these issues.

By: Allison Schreiber Lee

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