Dynamic Counsel from Our Livingston Matrimonial & Family Lawyers
Ideally, divorcing parties will act in the best interests of their child(ren) and cooperate with their former spouses to ensure that both parents maintain a healthy parent-child relationship. However, in many cases, this does not occur and in some extreme situations, one parent may purposely set out to systematically sabotage the other parent’s relationship with the child(ren). This phenomenon has come to be known as "parental alienation."
If you're a parent and you believe that your co-parent is trying to sabotage your relationship with your child, you likely have legal options. At Ziegler, Resnick & Epstein, we can present your circumstances to the court, petition for intervention, and help ensure that your role in your child's life is safeguarded.
Legal solutions may be within reach. Contact (973) 878-4373 today to speak with our compassionate Livingston matrimonial law attorneys.
Defining Parental Alienation
Parental alienation may be characterized by a parent making disparaging remarks to a child about the other party, encouraging the child to avoid spending time with the other party and, in general, manipulating the child into believing that the other parent is a bad person, undeserving of their love and respect. This process results in a child’s irrational rejection of the targeted parent and, on the other hand, an unusually close allegiance with the alienating parent.
Consulting with Experts
The issue of parental alienation remains a controversial subject and generally requires a psychiatric or psychological expert to perform an evaluation and render a finding as to whether same has occurred in any given case. While behaviors that are associated with parental alienation (for instance, disparagement of the other party to the child or interference with parenting time) may, unfortunately, occur in many divorces, true parental alienation is found in a relatively small number of cases.
At Ziegler, Resnick & Epstein, we work closely with mental health professionals and have the experience necessary to address the sensitive issue of parental alienation where it impacts our clients. We're well-versed in structuring thorough and compelling arguments before the judge and can ensure that your family's circumstances are vividly illustrated for the court.
Take action today. Contact our offices today to request a confidential consultation with our team.