Protect Your Children from Parental Alienation and Your Rights as a Parent
Divorce is one of the most difficult and stressful life events that a person can experience, particularly for children. When a divorce is contested and involves a great deal of conflict, the impact is often more severe.
Parental alienation is a common but damaging control tactic that results in stressful and often traumatic family dynamics.
What Is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation, formally known as Parental Alienation Syndrome, is the gratuitous rejection of a parental figure that occurs within the context of contentious divorces or unmarried child custody disputes.
It is a form of psychological abuse defined by the DSM-V as “a mental condition in which a child, usually one whose parents are engaged in a high conflict divorce, allies himself or herself strongly with one parent, and rejects a relationship with the other parent, without legitimate justification.”
Unfortunately, parental alienation isn’t a local or even Florida-specific problem. It affects families on both a national and global scale.
Parental Alienation is not only a Family Crisis but a Medical Crisis and Immediate Triage is Critical
It is very important to hire a lawyer who understands not only that parental alienation dynamics as a family crisis but can identify the degree of parental alienation and the likelihood that parental alienation may develop in the midst of a divorce case. A lawyer who can treat parental alienation like the medical emergency that it is and who can educate the Courts and Judges that a different approach is necessary when parental alienation is involved in a divorce case. Triage and immediate action by the lawyer who can then create a team of professionals to treat the medical emergency is the single most important first step that must be taken.
The Impact of Parental Alienation
When one parent deliberately indoctrinates a child to reject the other parent, this results in tumultuous family dynamics and results in long-term emotional damage for both the child and the alienated parent.
Research indicates that the long-term impact of parental alienation often results in debilitating mental health conditions in adulthood. Additionally, children affected by this type of abuse often learn maladaptive coping mechanisms and behaviors that make maintaining healthy relationships difficult or impossible.
How to Fight Against Parental Alienation
Fighting against parental alienation can be a complex process that involves multiple professionals in related fields, including guardian ad litems, social workers, counselors, and behavioral health specialists.
Because child abuse is sadly very real and shockingly common, it can be difficult for professionals to determine if the child’s rejection is warranted or a product of manipulation by the other parent.
You can protect your rights as a parent in cases of alienation by working with an experienced Florida parental alienation attorney who understands the psychological impact of this type of abuse and how to present evidence to strengthen your case.
Why Hire Sparkman Law for Your Parental Alienation Case?
Sparkman Law has a proven track record of successfully restoring the constitutional rights of alienated parents and the parent-child relationship. We have effectively revealed false accusations of physical and sexual abuse that were falsified to perpetuate the alienation.
We’re committed to helping Florida families fight parental alienation and protect their rights and parent-child relationships. Contact us today for a consultation to learn more at 813-374-2000.