Parental Alienation & What You Can Do About It

Parental Alienation & What You Can Do About It

Posted By R. Gregory Colvin LLC || 21-May-2019

In simple terms, “parental alienation” is where a parent turns his or her children against the other parent. Parental alienation isn’t something to take casually; it can have long-term and permanent effects that end up destroying the alienated parent’s relationship with his or her children.

Many alienated parents mistakenly believe that when their children reach adulthood, they’ll mature and turn around, and want to restore their relationship with their parent, but this rarely happens. If you’re a victim of parental alienation, it’s critical that you understand that it can have serious ramifications and that you should under no circumstances accept the situation. You do have legal recourse.

Signs of Parental Alienation

There are several signs of parental alienation that divorce attorneys, judges, and other experts look for in child custody cases, including:

  • Blocking contact with the children
  • Blocking access to the children
  • Unfounded allegations of sexual or physical abuse
  • Deterioration in the relationship since the parents’ separation
  • The child starts to protest visits with the alienated parent

“Any attempt at alienating the children from the other parent should be seen as a direct and willful violation of one of the prime duties of parenthood, which is to promote and encourage a positive and loving relationship with the other parent, and the concept of shared parental responsibility,” J. Michael Bone and Michael R. Walsh wrote in the Florida Bar Journal.

If your children’s other parent is denying your court-ordered parenting time, or if your children always seem to be unavailable because they are “sick” or “away at a friend’s house” when it’s your turn to have them, or if your children are suddenly refusing to see you, there is a possibility that you're a victim of parental alienation.

“It is our feeling that when attempted PAS has been identified, successful or not, it must be dealt with swiftly by the court. If it is not, it will contaminate and quietly control all other parenting issues and then lead only to unhappiness, frustration, and, lastly, parental estrangement,” according to the Florida Bar Journal.

If you have a child custody matter in Orlando, we urge you to contact our firm for the professional, legal assistance your situation demands!

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