Combating And Preventing Parental Alienation

At Graff & Associates, LLC, our lawyers help clients in Montgomery County, Bucks County, Philadelphia County and throughout Pennsylvania fight parental alienation with compassion and strength. We can help increase the likelihood of a positive legal outcome by properly addressing the existence of parental alienation, and we can provide the guidance you need to prevent it in the future.

How Parental Alienation Works

Anything your child's other parent says or does to diminish, demean, defame, incriminate you or to keep your child from seeing you (or wanting to see you) may be considered a form of alienation. If the other parent speaks ill of you to your child or attempts to make your child hate you, that parent may be guilty of trying to distance your child from you emotionally.

It might consist of negative remarks or it could be an all-out campaign to make your child suspicious of you or your love. In either case, it is unacceptable.

Examples Of Parental Alienation

Here are a few examples of potential alienation strategies that a parent might employ out of anger or bitterness:

  • Consistently saying negative things about you
  • Blaming you for financial troubles or anything else, including the divorce
  • Sharing too much information with your child about the marital relationship
  • Asking your child to spy on you and report back
  • Using tactics to get your child to spend less time with you
  • Telling your child that you don't love him or her

Fighting Parental Alienation

When determining custody, Pennsylvania courts take into account which parent is best suited to allow fair access to the child by the other parent.

If necessary, parental alienation can be proved through expert psychological assessment and observation. Results are brought before a judge who then determines how severe the alienation is and how it should be addressed. The parent who attempts to alienate the other will be viewed unfavorably by the judge and likely not be granted custody.

Contact Our Attorneys For A Free Consultation

Call Graff & Associates, LLC, at 215-649-7395 or email us for answers to your questions about parental alienation. We can help determine how it might impact your divorce, child custody arrangements or visitation disputes. We offer free initial consultations in Jenkintown or Philadelphia.