Parental Alienation | New Jersey
During the New Jersey divorce process, most parents are primarily concerned with what is in the best interest of their child. As a result, even divorcing parents are generally in agreement that disparaging the other parent in front of the child is not in their child's best interest. Unfortunately, during unpleasant divorces, there are instances when a parent will use a divorce and its underlying issues to tarnish the relationship between the child and the other parent. These situations can be both emotionally and psychologically damaging to the children and to everyone in the family.
The divorce process often shakes up a family unit and adds stress and tension to everyone in the household—both parents and children alike. Since divorce is a confusing time for everyone, it is only natural for children to have a difficult time adjusting to life after the divorce. When one parent attempts to sabotage their child's relationship with his or her other parent, it is the child who suffers the most. Parental alienation prevents children from receiving the reassurance they need—from both parents—to be able to adapt and adjust to their new family dynamics.
New Jersey Parental Alienation Evaluations
If you believe that you are a victim of parental alienation, an evaluation may be necessary. While there are often many signs of parental alienation, each of them can be damaging to your relationship with your child.
- Does your child act differently around one parent and actively "protect" the other parent?
- Does your child rebel aggressively against you and your family?
- Have you been denied visitation access with your child?
- Have you been denied access to your child's school or medical records or activity notices?
- Have you been denied telephone contact with your child?
- And more.
In addition, if there has been any type of attempt to brainwash the children, it is often necessary to seek the advice of an experienced and skilled New Jersey Family Law attorney to help with parental alienation issues. While not every judge or psychologist believes in the doctrine of parental alienation, they are still motivated to protect the best interests of the children; therefore, supervised visitation, parenting classes, or best interest evaluations may be recommended.
Types of Parental Alienators
In general, some typical patterns of behavior noticed in alienators which could potentially interfere with child custody or visitation are the following:
- Naive Alienators—while recognizing that the child should have a healthy relationship with the other parent, the alienating parent does or says something from time to time which denigrates the other parent.
- Active Alienators—the alienating parent continually lashes out in frustration against the other parent in the presence of the child. While the alienating parent generally feels remorse for his or her conduct, this on-going problem often creates additional litigation over custody and parenting time.
- Obsessed Alienators—the alienating parent's goal is to destroy the child's relationship with the other parent.
At Weinberger Law Group, LLC, our New Jersey family law attorneys understand that being alienated from your child or having your relationship with your child intentionally damaged is a hurtful and challenging experience. As such, our attorneys will help you through this difficult time in your life so that you can repair and strengthen your relationship with your child as soon as possible.
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