Rights As a Parent
Divorce can be one of the most emotional and tumultuous experiences of a person’s life, especially for children. While children may naturally tend to lash out or act peculiarly as they attempt to cope with the change, some emotional responses and behaviors can be the product of one parent’s intentional manipulation of the child to reject or even hate the other. Known as Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), this type of influence is often used to gain an upper hand in child custody disputes and cut the other parent out of the child’s life.
If you are involved in a high conflict custody or visitation case and believe that your child’s other parent may be attempting to turn your child against you, get in touch with the knowledgeable Oklahoma City parental alienation attorneys at Mazaheri Law Firm at once. With a client-oriented and focused approach backed by nearly 20 years of experience, our team of skilled advocates have what it takes to protect your relationship with your children and ensure your legal rights are asserted.
What Are the Signs of PAS?
PAS is a relationship dysfunction in which a child is led to consistently insult, belittle, or reject one parent by the other with the intention of sabotaging their bond. Manipulated children are often conditioned to believe that the targeted parent is unworthy of a relationship, causing them to distance themselves and in severe cases completely cut off communication. While PAS can be sometimes be reversed through counseling, cases which are not promptly identified or go ignored can potentially lead to lifelong animosity between a child and parent.
Warning signs and symptoms of parental alienation include:
Denying otherwise interfering with the targeted parent’s visitation
Blaming the targeted parent for money problems or splitting up the family
Using the child to spy on the targeted parent’s personal life
Falsely accusing the targeted parent of abuse or neglect
Asking the child to choose one parent over the other
Encouraging the child’s anger towards the targeted parent
Reacting negatively to a child having a good time with the targeted parent
In certain cases, a child’s alienating behaviors can extend past a targeted parent towards their entire family. While these feelings may be strong, alienated children are rarely able to provide valid reasons for their hatred of the targeted parent. Fortunately, with a combination of understanding, documentation, psychology, and strong legal advocacy that exposes an alienating parent’s scheme, these types of feelings can be overcome.
Get Mazaheri Law Firm on Your Side- 405-414-2222
At Mazaheri Law Firm, our Oklahoma City family lawyers understand how precious your children are to you and are prepared to make every effort to maintain your ability to play an active role in their lives. Having been guiding clients step-by-step through complex parental alienation cases since 2009, we have the breadth of knowledge and legal insight to help you get through this emotional experience and repair the damage that has been done. We truly care about your wellbeing, and we are willing to work tirelessly to help you pursue the legal solutions you need.