Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation is a tactic used by one parent, the favored or alienating parent, to undermine or destroy the child’s love, attachment and relationship with the other parent, the target parent.  It is psychological child abuse and a form of domestic violence.

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Before the separation, father had a close and loving relationship with his two daughters.  Within months after the separation, the girls refused to visit their father and accused him of being mean to them.  Mother refuses to insist that the girls see their father if they do not want to.  Father’s former close and loving relationship with his daughters is gone.  Father has become alienated from the girls.  Mother says it is because father did something to the girls.  Otherwise, mother argues, the girls would want to spend time with him.  Mother says that it is father’s problem and it is his responsibility to make it right — it is a matter between the girls and their father. Mother claims that she encourages the girls to spend time with their father, but she cannot make them if they do not want to.  The girls are defiant and ignore their father’s pleas.  Father doesn’t know what to do.  Father says he did nothing to harm the girls.  The judge is skeptical: logically, the girls would not be acting this way unless father did something to them; the court “errs on the side of caution” and orders counseling.  The counselors become advocates for the children, assume that father is in the wrong and conclude that he must get therapy and learn how to be a good parent.  An investigator is likely to be appointed.  Meanwhile, the children continue in mother’s sole care and control.

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Martin Law Firm attorneys have received specialized advanced training in identifying and litigating parental alienation.  Our attorneys are experienced litigators and have represented a number of parents who are or have been the target of parental alienation.  It is heartbreaking.  We are able to help.  Schedule a consultation today for review of your situation and to get help fighting against the loss and alienation of your children.