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How to deal with parental alienation syndrome

If you are in the midst of a child custody dispute, or are experiencing parenting time issues, you probably are already familiar with the emotional games (and fallout) that come about. An affected parent may believe that they are dealing with a case of parental alienation syndrome (PAS). But in many cases, no one believes the parent claiming that they are being alienated? In fact, the disorder is commonly dismissed by custody evaluators and family court judges as just one person’s view. As such, these situations are particularly difficult considering that PAS is not legally recognized as psychological disorder.

Because of this, it is important to understand the symptoms of PAS and how they can be differentiated from basic emotions that are common in high-conflict custody proceedings. A suspicious parent can take note of the following:

-          A parent forcing a child to choose one parent over another

-          A child being punished or criticized for wanting to spend time with the other parent.

-          The alienating parent creates false abuse allegations against the other parent.

If you have experienced these issues with your significant other or soon-to-be ex-spouse, there are a number of things you can do, but they cannot be done alone. One of the important steps is to describe an alienator’s actions in a clear manner to a custody evaluator and eventually, to the court. Additionally, taking parenting classes can help with critical thinking and communication so that the alienator’s games do not sabotage your chances to obtain custody and/or parenting time.

If you have additional questions an experienced family law attorney can help. 

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