- What is "Parental Alienation Syndrome"?
- What is "Hostile Aggressive Parenting"?
- How do we determine or prove if there has been Parental Alienation?
- It seems many lawyers are afraid to get into a case with Parental Alienation, why?
- Do you believe that "Parental Alienation" exists?
- I have heard that there are specialists in this area? Is that true?
What is "Parental Alienation Syndrome"?
While psychologists continually debate whether this is actually a "syndrome", there is no doubt that "Parental Alienation", the act of a parent trying consciously or even unconsciously to persuade a child to dislike a parent or to bond more with themselves than the other parent, occurs. Human nature often causes many parents to want their child to like them more than the other parent. This may, in the parent's mind, validate that they are a good parent, and therefore, a good person.
What is "Hostile Aggressive Parenting"?
While each of these questions should be answered by a psychologist, in custody cases, the term "Hostile Aggressive Parenting" is often used in conjunction with the term "Parental Alienation". Together they are behaviors which are usually considered very harmful to children, but often very difficult to uncover, especially if the behavior by the parent is largely non-verbal.
How do we determine or prove if there has been Parental Alienation?
There are experts we can refer you to after an initial consultation (once we know enough about the situation). You may also find experts (psychologists for the most part) by doing your own research and investigation.
It seems many lawyers are afraid to get into a case with Parental Alienation, why?
These psychological issues are not what lawyers are trained in. They are outside most lawyer's "comfort zones". In fact, for our law firm (or any other) to try to explain these psychological issues would be inappropriate except to say that we are aware of them, and we suggest a qualified psychologist be consulted immediately if you believe these issues are involved in your situation.
Do you believe that "Parental Alienation" exists?
Certainly we have seen parents act inappropriately and even cause children to act out in ways that are harmful for everyone. Whether that is "Alienation", "Bad Parenting", or something else, there are certainly parents who could benefit by learning which behaviors are helpful and which behaviors are harmful to children whose parents are going through, or have gone through a custody dispute.
I have heard that there are specialists in this area? Is that true?
You can find a specialist for just about anything, but yes, certain lawyers, psychologists and others claim to be specialists in this area. However, there is a concern that when you hire such a specialist, they may bring with them a reputation for always finding such behavior and may not be as effective as a general attorney or psychologist who can testify that your situation is indeed unique. Our suggestion is that you meet with and interview as many "experts" in the field as you can and then decide what is best for your situation.