What is Parental Alienation in New Jersey? | What to Know
Parental alienation can have detrimental effects on your child and your relationship with your child. Do not wait to reach out to our firm today if you believe you are a victim of parental alienation. Our dedicated New Jersey divorce attorneys are ready to support you- all you have to do is ask.
What is parental alienation?
This term refers to the act of one parent manipulating their child with the intention to turn that child against their other parent. The parent who is performing the manipulation is associated as the alienator, and the parent who is receiving the hateful allegations is attributed as the alienated.
How does parental alienation work?
Typically, parental alienation is not always obvious. It can come in many forms. One example can be passive jabs from one parent about another. Another more serious example can be one parent who is trying to “save” their child from any situation that involves the other parent. This toxic behavior can have a severe negative impact on a child’s mental health and their ability to maintain a relationship with their other parent.
Can parental alienation be proven?
If you believe parental alienation is occurring in your family, you should try to obtain as much proof as possible. In order to do this, you should take the following steps:
- Document disparaging remarks: If your ex-spouse sends a fiery text, be sure to capture it in photo form.
- Keep a journal: If your child quotes something their other parent has said, you may want to keep a record of this quote in a notebook. You may also want to mark changes in your child’s behavior.
- Preserve social media evidence: If your ex is making disparaging remarks about you on social media, you should not engage and be sure to take screenshots.
What can a court do about parental alienation?
Parental alienation is not easy to prove. However, if you retain the services of a skilled divorce attorney that can help you present evidence to a New Jersey court, a judge may modify your custody arrangement. In most cases, New Jersey courts believe that a child benefits from having a relationship with both parents and will attempt to make this happen. However, parental alienation violates the core of your custody agreement and can have damaging impacts on your child.
If you believe you and your child are victims of alienation, do not hesitate to reach out to our experienced firm as soon as possible.
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