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What are the Consequences of Parental Alienation?

Sometimes, marriages do not end amicably. In some cases, a parent may work to turn his/her children against the child’s other parent out of spite or anger. This is known as parental alienation, and it can have serious consequences when it comes to a child’s well-being. As a result, it is important to be aware of the signs. Read on to learn more about parental alienation in New Jersey and what to do if you believe you and your child are victims.

What Does Parental Alienation Look Like?

Parental alienation can be incredibly hard to spot. It may look like:

  • Passive verbal jabs about the other parent
  • Outright badmouthing the other parent
  • In extreme cases, pretending to “save” the child from certain situations that the child simply does not need saving from

Additionally, if your child begins to act distant, angry, or upset in your presence, this may be a result of parental alienation.

Changing a Custody Agreement

Parental alienation is also difficult to prove. In order to provide proof, it is important to keep detailed records, like disparaging texts or emails from your ex. If you can prove to a New Jersey court that your ex-spouse is guilty of parental alienation, the court may change your custody agreement. In most cases, the court believes a child benefits from having a relationship with both parents. Unfortunately, this is not always possible. If your child’s parent is engaging in parental alienation, he or she is violating the core of your custody agreement, which is to do what is in your child’s best interests. If this occurs, the court may shift custody so that your ex has less time with your child, therefore having less opportunity to influence them with negative thoughts and behaviors.

If you believe you and your child are victims of parental alienation, you should reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. It is important that you do not wait because parental alienation can have serious psychological and emotional impacts on a child. Our firm can help you gather evidence and walk you through the process every step of the way. Reach out to speak with a dedicated family law attorney today.

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.