Divorce is an emotionally trying time for both parents and children. The difficulty of a divorce is made worse when one parent tries to “poison” their children against the other parent. This is known as parental alienation, and there are legal actions you can take to stop this destructive behavior.
What Is Parental Alienation (PA)?
Parental Alienation (also known as PA) is a mental health issue and is a medically recognized disorder. PAS occurs when one parent regularly belittles and insults the other parent without justification. It causes unnecessary estrangement of a child from the parent and causes emotional distress for both the child and the parent.
Parental Alienation is often seen in custody disputes where the custodial parent attempts to prevent a child from spending time with the other parent, or when a parent says or does things that make the child fearful that the other parent will hurt them.
Our experienced Calabasas parental alienation attorneys are familiar with this family law and divorce issue, and we can take legal actions to help prevent it from happening to your child.
Legal Options in Parental Alienation Cases
Family courts in California do not take kindly to allegations of parental alienation – especially because this type of mental abuse can cause long-term issues with the relationship you have with your child.
Our experienced parental alienation lawyers can use legal strategies to help put a stop to this destructive behavior, including:
- Getting a custody evaluation to help prove the allegations
- Getting a court order to stop alienation
- Getting a court sanction against the offending parent
- Requesting the presence of a third party during visitation
Our parental alienation attorneys act with the best interests of your children in mind. You do not have to suffer the emotional toll that alienation takes on you and your children.
Is Parental Alienation Considered a Crime?
The state of California does not consider parental alienation as a crime. However, evidence of this can have significant impacts on child custody or visitation cases. Judges may rule in favor of the alienated parent if they feel the actions warranted it. The only way parental alienation can be considered a crime in CA would be if the person committed a crime while alienating the other. A common example of this would be if the parent harmed the child physically and attempted to blame it on their spouse.
Proving Parental Alienation in CA
Proving allegations of alienation is difficult to do. However, due to the emotional and psychological damage it can put on both the child and the parent, it's critical that you reach out to our attorneys for help. Some of the methods you can implement to help prove your case include:
- Saving any evidence of social media material that display acts of parental alienation
- Collecting all forms of communication and logs which encompass telephone calls, Zoom conferences, and text messages
- Collecting a list of witnesses for their testimony. These can be family members, counselors, therapists, neighbors, teachers, etc.
Call for a Consultation With a Parental Alienation Attorney
At Feinberg & Waller, APC, our Calabasas parental alienation attorneys have more than a of experience practicing in all areas of family law, and we can help in cases where parents are playing on their children’s emotions.
Do you feel like your children are being turned against you? Contact our parental alienation lawyer online or call (866) 463-3852 to schedule an initial consultation. We have offices in Beverly Hills, Calabasas & Westlake Village.
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