Child custody is often one of the most contentious aspects of any divorce case. Sometimes, parents may throw all rational thought out the window and may attempt to turn a child against the other parent. This type of emotional manipulation is known as parental alienation, and there are steps you can take to help put a stop to this behavior.
At O'Brian & Associates, P.S., our attorneys can provide you with the legal counsel you need to help you through this difficult time. We invite you to give us a call today to schedule a confidential consultation about your specific case. Our firm serves clients on the Eastside and throughout the Seattle area.
Simply put, parental alienation is the estrangement of a child from a parent. This can be accomplished in any number of ways. A parent may continually insult or talk badly about the other parent in front of the child. The parent may defy a child custody order or otherwise prevent the other parent from seeing or visiting with the child. The parent may make the child fearful that he or she is in danger when around the other parent. All of these are classic examples of what one parent may do to drive a wedge between the other parent and child in a custody dispute.
There are a number of different legal tactics that may be employed to help put a stop to parental alienation. It may be possible to get a court order requiring the offending parent to put an end to his or her divisive behavior. It may be possible to seek an order of contempt in an effort to get the other parent to comply. If a child custody order is already in place, it may be necessary to seek a modification to the order to ensure that the child's best interests are being met. Our lawyers will thoroughly review your situation and help you explore your options.
You and your children do not have to endure the emotional toll of parental alienation. To schedule an initial consultation about your situation, call 425-276-7677 or complete the online form. We serve people in Redmond, Bellevue and throughout the Seattle, Washington, area.