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How To Deal With Parental Alienation In Custody Cases

In order to act against parental alienation, you first need to educate yourself about what parental alienation actually is. Once you are fully aware of what parental alienation is and how it is affecting you, your child, and your relationship with each other; you will be able to tackle it in a better way.

Many experts have suggested a number of ways of acting against parental alienation. But you will have to decide what is best suited for you.

Tackling it head on

Have a talk with the child directly. They should be made to realize that their opinion about you is wrong, that they are being manipulated, and that their behavior towards you is baseless and inappropriate. You could directly talk to the other parent also. But there is every possible chance that the other parent will outright refuse any sort of manipulative behavior. Arrange a family meeting if possible.

Enroll in a parenting program

You could attend parenting programs and seek the help of a parenting consultant. Any consultant with experience and expertise in parental alienation will be able to guide you. You will become aware of the steps and strategies that you can take to prevent your child from feeling alienated from you.

Consult with a lawyer

If everything else fails, you should consider enlisting the help of a lawyer with good experience of practicing family law. Sometimes the threat of a legal action may get the other parent to tone down a bit and correct themselves. But before you can consult with a lawyer you need to document the alienation you are experiencing. You should have proof of the verbal accusations the child has said the other parent has made against you.

The lawyer will be able to send a legal notice to the other parent asking for an explanation of their unacceptable behavior. The lawyer will also explain the laws regarding parental alienation to the other parent and state the consequences they may have to face if they continued with their manipulative behavior. It may include court action. In serious cases of alienation, where the other parent has falsely accused you of something, your lawyer can take court action immediately.  You should not sit back and accept parental alienation, but you need to have an understanding that undoing parental alienation can be a long, difficult process even if you have legal representation and reunification therapy ordered to be implemented.

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divorce_attorneyGerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.

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