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What to Know About Parental Alienation in New Jersey

Parental alienation can have damaging effects on the child and parent. If you are encountering this unfortunate situation, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our skilled New Jersey parental alienation attorneys today.

How does New Jersey define parental alienation?

In New Jersey, parental alienation means the act of one parent exploiting their child with the purpose of turning that child against their other parent. The parent who is portraying the manipulation is known as the alienator, and the parent who is receiving the malicious allegations is referred to as the alienated.

Generally, parental alienation is not always clear. It can come in several different forms. One instance can include passive digs from one parent about another. Another more severe example can involve any case where a parent tries to “save” their child from any circumstances that involve the other parent. This unhealthy behavior can have harsh negative effects on a child’s mental health and their ability to sustain a relationship with their other parent.

How can I prove parental alienation?

It is in your best interest to obtain as much proof as possible if you believe parental alienation is occurring in your family. To be able to do this, you should take the following steps:

  • Document negative remarks: If your ex-spouse sends a hostile text, be sure to take a photo of it for your records.
  • Keep a journal: If your child quotes something their other parent has said, you should jot this down in a notebook. You may also want to observe changes in your child’s demeanor.
  • Keep social media evidence: If your ex is making disparaging remarks about you on social media, you should not confront them and instead take screenshots.

How will a court respond to parental alienation?

You will want to recognize that parental alienation is not effortless to confirm. But, if you hire the services of a skilled divorce attorney that can help you provide proof to a New Jersey court, a judge may change your custody arrangement. In most instances, New Jersey courts believe that a child profits from maintaining a relationship with both parents and will try to make this happen. However, parental alienation violates the core of your custody agreement and can have negative effects on your child.

Do not wait to reach out to our experienced firm if you believe you and your child are victims of alienation.


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