Orange County Child Custody Lawyer
Divorces often become much more difficult when children are involved. Because
both parents want as much time with their child as possible, this can
provoke conflict and heated arguments which then leads to parental alienation.
The effects of parental alienation on a child are long-lasting and the
court is usually slow to do anything to fix the problem. If your ex-spouse
is perpetuating parental alienation, you do not have to handle it alone. An
Orange County child custody lawyer from The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague is proficient in
family law and will actively defend your rights from start to finish.
What is parental alienation?
Parental alienation occurs when one parent makes degrading remarks to the
child that undercut the abilities or intentions of the other parent. One
parent may imply that the other parent does not want to spend time with
the child or does not love them anymore.
Some have found there to be three levels of parental alienation, including:
- Mild – Can be handled by therapy and more time spent with the alienated parent
- Moderate – Can be handled similarly to a mild diagnosis and a child
custody evaluation may be done
- Severe – Typically necessitates removing the child from the alienating
parent and placing them in the custody of the alienated parent
What can I do to fix parental alienation?
If you are being alienated by your ex-spouse, it can feel like a helpless
situation. Not being able to defend yourself against such negative remarks
is extremely frustrating.
If the court recognizes that parental alienation is taking place, they
will likely call for a psychological evaluation. Such an evaluation can
take upwards of one year and the problem only gets worse as time goes
on. With a highly skilled
Orange County divorce attorney on your side, you can push the courts to move quicker and take necessary
action to fix the problem.
Don't wait until parental alienation has separated you from the life
of your child. With over thirty years of experience, we will go to work
for you today.
Contact our OC child custody lawyer to begin your free case evaluation.