Parental Alienation in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

There are few issues more important to divorcing parents than child custody. Fortunately, in many cases, parents are able to work together and act in the best interests of their children. However, there are times where certain parents do not act in their children’s best interests, as child custody matters are often extremely emotional. For this very reason, oftentimes, parents will badmouth their former spouse to their child, despite the fact that every expert will say that doing so is extremely damaging. This is known as parental alienation.

Parental alienation comes in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from outright negative comments about their former spouse (true or untrue) to passive swipes at their former spouse. Regardless of the type of alienation, the end goal is the same: to get the child to form a negative viewpoint of the other parent. This sort of behavior not only hurts the bond between the child and his or her parent, but it also hurts the child in the long run as well. Parental alienation is shown to increase the likelihood of childhood trauma, and this is unacceptable. Fortunately, if you think that this is happening to you, there are actions you can take with the assistance of an experienced New Jersey family law attorney. Please continue reading to learn more about how our firm can help you.

What can I do if I am a victim of parental alienation?

If you believe that you and your child are victims of parental alienation, you should first retain the services of a knowledgeable Brick, NJ family law attorney. From here, our firm will analyze your situation and determine the best path forward. In many cases, we will work to receive a child custody modification. As long as we can prove to the court that your former spouse is exhibiting behavior in line with the definition of parental alienation, and thereby violating the core of your child custody agreement, we should achieve a child custody modification. This can help limit the amount of time your former spouse spends less time with your child, and hopefully helps limit this sort of behavior. If you have any additional questions, or you believe you are the victim of parental alienation, our firm is here to help.

Contact our experienced Ocean City firm

Matters of divorce and family law require the attention and skill of an experienced attorney who will fight for your future. Not only is your financial well-being at stake, but in a divorce, both you and your children’s emotional well-being are at risk as well. If you need a divorce and family law attorney in Ocean County, New Jersey, please do not hesitate to contact the Law Office of Sarina Gianna, LLC today to schedule a consultation.