What to Know About Parental Alienation in New Jersey

When a couple gets divorced, things can get ugly. Often, ex-spouses harbor ill feelings toward each other. This becomes dangerous when young, impressionable children are involved. Sometimes, parents engage in parental alienation. This can severely damage a child’s relationship with both parents and cause childhood trauma. As a result, it is important to put an end to parental alienation as early as possible. Read on to learn more.

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation refers to when an ex-spouse actively tries to destroy the relationship of the other parent with their child. In order to achieve this, the parent may put ideas into the child’s head about negative feelings toward their other parent. If children are at a young age, they may not know any better and may listen to their parent. This can cause a strain in their relationship with their other parent. Often, children assume that whatever their parents tell them is true, especially in the midst of a big, stressful change like a divorce. As a result, the child’s behavior around the targeted parent may change. They may start to act aggressively or get upset when in this parent’s presence. When negative physical displays arise, this may be the cause of parental alienation on behalf of your ex-spouse.

What Can be Done About Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation can be difficult to prove. As a result, it can be hard to use as a defense in court. However, judges may recognize this form of abuse if the marriage between two individuals was especially toxic and displayed a dramatic ending. If the events leading up to the divorce proceedings or the proceedings themselves prove to show signs that parental alienation is a possibility, judges may consider parental alienation as a factor in the behavioral changes of a child. If a New Jersey court determines that parental alienation is occurring, they may alter your custody arrangement. Parental alienation indicates a refusal to co-parent and an unhealthy environment for the child, violating the rules of your custody agreement.

It is important that you and your child have a healthy relationship. If you believe you are a victim of parental alienation, contact our firm today.

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