Resolving Child Custody Problems Arising From Parental Alienation
Parental alienation is common in high-conflict divorces. The term refers to efforts by one parent to alienate the children from the other parent. In many divorces, there is some level of inadvertent alienating behavior, especially in the early stages when the divorce process begins. However, most parents moderate their words and actions when they realize what they are doing. True parental alienation is complex and nasty.
Why Choose Us? Consider the Home-Court Advantage We Offer.
At the Worcester office of Massachusetts Family Law Group (MFLG), our lawyers have been involved in a number of divorce and child custody cases in which parental alienation played a major role. Because we appear in Worcester County courts almost every day, we know the preferences of each judge and the procedures that need to be followed. We can anticipate how each judge might respond to our motions, proposed orders and oral arguments. This gives our clients a significant advantage
Although there are many divorce lawyers in Worcester County, there are few who focus on probate and family court matters day in and day out. We handle more cases involving parental alienation in a year than most general practice attorneys do in a lifetime. We know that when the attorneys on the other side learn that you have hired our law firm, they will instantly know that you are serious.
Examples of Parental Alienation
What differentiates parental alienation from the rare negative remark about the other parent is that this behavior is directed toward one goal: to separate the children from the other parent by encouraging them to hate that parent. There is a lot at stake, so consult with your attorney if your children demonstrate behaviors such as:
- Hearing frivolous reasons for disliking the other parent
- Hearing children idealize the alienating parent
- Hearing children deny that they are being influenced by the alienating parent
- Failing to exhibit guilt or remorse about what they are doing to the other parent
- Rejecting all presents from the other parent
- Lying or stealing from the other parent
- Unquestioning support for the alienating parent
- Making false allegations of abuse, alcoholism, drug abuse or other negative behaviors
- Rejecting the other parent's relatives, including grandparents
Statewide Brain Trust to Help Clients Deal With Parental Alienation
Parental alienation is really a form of brainwashing. However, it is sometimes difficult to prove what is occurring. Imagine one of the most unusual cases when a mother came to our Worcester office presenting us with a note that the father of her children had left earlier that morning for the kids. The note read:
Good morning. I hate to tell you guys, but your mother will not listen to me and only sees things her way. Maybe if you answer these questions, she will listen to me. I've always asked you to tell the truth, so let's see if you've learned how. Only answer the questions you want to, and it will mean a lot for what goes on over here: 1) Who do you trust more? Mom or Dad; 2) Who can you depend on more? Mom or Dad; 3) Who spends more time with you? Mom or Dad; 4) Who do you think lies more? Mom or Dad; 5) Who sacrifices more for the family? Mom or Dad?
Our law firm helps clients respond to actions such as these that are designed to alienate the children from the other parent.
Is Your Spouse Trying to Alienate Your Children? If So, Call Us First.
Getting children in between the two of you is toxic. We work with an extensive network of child psychologists and custody evaluators to identify these behaviors and devise strategies to protect the target parent or to defend false allegations of parental alienation.
Contact our Worcester parental alienation attorneys to learn how we can help. Call us toll free at (800) 970-LAWYER.