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Parental Alienation

When couples get divorced and they have a common child, their divorce case would necessarily include a proceeding to determine who gets custody and parental rights. This can either be joint, wherein two parents exercise equal rights over the child, or, in circumstances when one parent is not equipped or may pose harm to the child, the other parent is granted sole custody. 

Divorce, when a child is involved, is never easy, considering that both partners will still have to communicate and work together to raise the child. There are a host of problems that could arise, and one of the biggest ones is parental alienation.  

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is a form of child abuse wherein the child is maliciously estranged from a parent. This is a result of  psychological manipulation of the other parent. For example, one parent tells his or her child that the other parent does not love them in order to break the bond between them. That would be a clear case of parental alienation.  

What happens to the guilty parent?

When a relationship between a child and a parent is broken because of parental alienation, the guilty party may be held in contempt or even lose custody of the child. The victim may allege the offense in court, but it needs to be done in a strategic manner. 

Parental alienation these days is like the boy who cried wold, many people claim it against their ex, to the point that it has lost its impact and credibility. That’s why the direction that the victim must take is to hire a good attorney to help them navigate the case in order to avoid having it get thrown out and to get the best results. 

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