Understanding Parental Alienation Laws
Colorado Law & Parental Alienation
Breaking physical ties with your former spouse is never easy. When a family
drifts apart it can be emotional and frustrating for everyone involved,
including your children. After any
legal separation or
uncontested divorce involving children it is natural to wonder how your child or children
will settle into a different way of living with their parents. Cases concerning
child custody or
visitation agreements can be tumultuous and very emotional. There is no guarantee
that a former spouse will be able to maintain an amicable relationship
with you after the divorce or separation.
It is in
just such an emotional climate that parental alienation can occur. At Jones Law Firm, PC, when we take on a case like this, our
Denver family attorney discusses the details and carefully listens to all the client has to say.
We then educate the client on parental alienation and develop a personalized
strategy for proceeding.
What is parental alienation?
Parental alienation is the term used to describe the
efforts of one parent to sour a child's relationship with his or her
other parent, especially in cases where the child already harbors some resentment toward
the other parent. It can be consciously or unconsciously done but the
effect is the same. If conducted over a long period of time or if criticism
of the other parent is particularly severe, the effects can be heartbreaking.
The child will eventually begin to express strong and unreasonable hatred
or dislike toward the other parent. This is actually
form of child abuse as it is the attempt to manipulate a child into turning against their
other parent. In regular child abuse cases, the child will begin to reject
the abusing parent in order to protect themselves but with parental alienation,
the opposite is true.
Signs of Parental Alienation
Whether the abusive parent is consciously or subconsciously turning their
child against their former spouse, there are signs and indicators that
can help you identify parental alienation behaviors.
Warning signs of possible parental alienation include:
- Destroying mail or presents form the other parent
- Making the alienated parent out to be the scapegoat for everything
- The child excessively insults and disrespects the alienated parent
- The child feels guilty whenever they express love towards the alienated parent
- The child fears being rejected by the programmer or alienator
- The child no longer knows truth from lies
- The child is also poisoned against their therapist
- The child gives frivolous reasons as to why they don't want to see
the alienated parent
- The child suffers paranoia and unwarranted hatred
- The child calls the alienated parent a liar or other hurtful names
Dedicated & Effective Advocacy from Jones Law Firm, PC
If you know that you child is suffering from parental alienation and you
are slowly losing their love and respect, you must
take immediate legal action to reverse this abusive behavior. In the event of a divorce or legal separation,
the courts will not tolerate parental alienation because it is detrimental
to the health and well-being of the child and their relationship with
the other parent.
A very capable Denver parental alienation lawyer at our firm may be able
to help you prevent parental alienation from ruining your relationship
with your child or children. We are competent in all our practice areas of
family law. We are also skilled in
fathers' rights cases. Our legal team cares deeply about families and we strive to help
preserve a stable environment for children long after a divorce.
Contact Jones Law Firm, PC and see what we may be able to do for you to save your relationship with