The attorneys at Riordan Family Law understand the seriousness of parental alienation. Children of divorce want and need to maintain healthy and strong relationships with both of their parents. It is well-established that children should be shielded from their parents’ conflicts.
Some parents, however, in an effort to bolster their parental identity, create an expectation that children must choose sides. In more extreme situations, they foster the child’s rejection of the other parent. In the most extreme cases, children are manipulated by one parent to hate the other, despite the child’s innate desire to love and be loved by both parents.
Parental alienation can be described as the “programming” of a child by one parent to slander the other “targeted” parent in an attempt to undermine and interfere with the child’s relationship with that parent. Such an act can result in complete emotional rejection of the targeted parent by the child and the loss of a healthy and loving relationship with their parent.
Parental alienation causes long-term detrimental effects on the affected child. The lawyers at Riordan Family Law ensure that every child’s fundamental right and need for an unthreatened and loving relationship with both parents is protected. While children’s stated wishes regarding parental contact in contested child custody cases should be considered, they should not be determinative, especially in suspected cases of alienation.
If you feel that you and your children may be the victim of parental alienation, the lawyers at Riordan Family Law can help. Call us at (973) 577-4118 to schedule a consultation, or complete our online form.