Some divorces become so hotly contested that one parent actively attempts to build ill will in a child's mind against the other parent. This is known as Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), and it can occur during divorce proceedings or after a divorce has been finalized.
This is a terribly painful experience for both the child and the parent. When a bitter divorce or other issues cause one parent to willfully alienate a child from the other parent, the results can be tragic for all concerned.
The family law attorneys at M. J. Hill & Associates, PLLC, in San Marcos, Texas, has experience dealing with the parental alienation problem. If you feel you are in a situation that involves parental alienation, we may be able to take legal action that could result in a modification of your prior agreement or order, which can result in a change in custody to redress and correct the problem.
Call us today at 512-212-4916 to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney.
Protecting Your Relationship With Your Child
Parental alienation is a complicated topic with many variables involved. Common indicators of PAS include:
- One parent degrading the other parent and convincing the child that everything the other parent does is wrong.
- The child believes everything the targeted parent does is wrong and everything the alienating parent does is right.
- The child expresses negative feelings toward one parent and is groomed to believe he or she arrived at these sentiments independently.
- The child completely supports the alienating parent.
- The child lacks guilt in distancing himself or herself from the targeted parent.
- The alienating parent attempts to enhance recollections or change the memory of the child to fit his or her view.
- The alienating parent rewards the child for acting out against the targeted parent.
- The alienating parent attempts to restrict, limit or stop the targeted parent's access to the child.
The more time that goes by without actions such as these being challenged, the more difficult and damaging the situation becomes to the child's health, safety and emotional well-being. If these factors seem familiar to you, contact our experienced parental alienation attorneys to discuss your options as soon as possible.
You Have Rights And Legal Options
When parental alienation exists, our experienced lawyer can petition the court to modify the child custody arrangement to allow you and your child to attend therapy to repair your relationship. In some cases, we will ask the court for a full psychological evaluation of all parties — you, the alienating parent and your child — to determine whether there has been undue influence on the child to act in a certain manner.
We may even advocate for a change in custody to help remedy the situation. We could request a tightly structured parenting time order that prevents further alienation from occurring and provides you increased access to the child. We could also request the court to impose injunctions such as those contained in the "Loving and Caring Order" or the "Children's Bill of Rights."
Protect Your Rights — Contact Our Law Firm Today
If you are concerned that parental alienation is occurring in your situation, or if you have questions regarding parental alienation, call 512-212-4916 to schedule a consultation with one of our parental alienation lawyers. If you prefer initiating contact via email, simply click on Questions button on top of this page and you can send us an email with your contact information; then we will call you back.