Parental Alienation And Child Custody Disputes

The divorce process can be emotionally contentious, especially when children are involved. Things can get particularly difficult when one parent attempts to turn the children against the other parent. This is known as parental alienation and there are legal steps you can take to help put a stop to this behavior.

At the Law Offices of Linda J. Claypool in Riverside, our attorney handles all types of child custody disputes, including those involving parental alienation. To schedule an initial consultation, call us at 951-787-8700.

What Does Parental Alienation Look Like?

Parental alienation occurs when one parent continually insults, belittles or otherwise engages in negative speech about the other parent in front of his or her children to the point that it impacts how the children view their other parent. It can effectively estrange a child from his or her mother or father. In addition to harmful speech, parental alienation can also occur when one parent attempts to prohibit a child from seeing the other parent, or when one parent causes the child to fear the other parent.

Putting An End To Alienation

The courts recognize how harmful alienation can be to the parent/child relationship. Allegations of alienation are taken very seriously. Some of the steps we can take to help put an end to this destructive behavior include:

  • Custody evaluations
  • Requesting the presence of a third party during visitation/parenting time
  • Requesting that the court sanction the offending parent by reducing his/her time with the children

You do not have to suffer from the emotional harm that comes with instances of parental alienation. We can help you explore your options and find a path forward that keeps the best interests of your children in mind.

Contact Our Lawyer For Help With Family Law Disputes

To learn more about how we can help you, call us at 951-787-8700. You may also contact us online to schedule an appointment.