Unfortunately, some individuals may use divorce to punish their ex-spouse throughout the proceedings and even following the divorce. Parental alienation is often seen as one parent interfering with their ex-spouses’ ability to spend time with their children. This is often seen in connection with an attempt to poison the child against the other parent. Alienation comes with serious consequences and is looked down on severely by the court. If you are being alienation by your ex-spouse, reach out to an experienced divorce attorney who will keep your best interest in mind. Contact our firm today to discuss your options. We are here to help.
What is parental alienation?
Parental alienation is defined as one parent interfering with their co-parent’s ability to spend time with their children. This is associated with a poisoning campaign against the other parent. Parental alienation is often conducted by the custodial parent. One of the most common actions associated with parental alienation is telling the children negative things about the other parent and painting them in a negative light. This is done to limit the other parent’s ability to spend time with their children.
What are the consequences of parental alienation?
In New Jersey, parental alienation is seen by the courts as a violation of the best interests of the child concept. Limiting the other parent’s ability to see and spend time with their children is often done in violation of the custody order. Some might think that this is solely a personal matter between two ex-spouses. It is important to understand that parental alienation is not taken lightly in the eyes of the court. Such actions can result in custody being transferred away from the custodial parent. This may be taken to court to be resolved which could lead to hefty fees.
An experienced attorney will always advise against such actions as it is viewed very negatively in courts. Any actions to limit or diminish a parent’s contact and influence on their child can result in the children’s custody being shifted to the other parent entirely.
If you are facing a court hearing regarding parental alienation, it is best that you gain the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney who will put you and your child’s best interest in mind. Reach out to our firm today to discuss your options.
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