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California Child Custody: Parental Alienation

By April 10, 2023Child Custody

Parental alienation is a situation in which one parent attempts to alienate the child from the other parent by speaking negatively about that parent, limiting contact or access, or in other ways. It is a serious concern in child custody cases, as it can negatively impact the child’s relationship with the other parent and may lead to long-term emotional and psychological problems for the child.

In California, the court considers the best interests of the child when making custody and visitation orders. This includes considering the child’s health, safety, welfare, and any history of abuse or domestic violence. The court may also consider whether one parent has attempted to alienate the child from the other parent, and may take steps to address the issue.

If a court determines that one parent has engaged in parental alienation, it may order therapy for the child and/or the parent who has engaged in alienating behavior. The court may also modify custody or visitation orders to address the issue and ensure that the child has a healthy relationship with both parents.

It’s important to note that making false accusations of parental alienation can be harmful and can negatively impact the child’s relationship with both parents. If you have concerns about parental alienation, it’s important to discuss your situation with a qualified family law attorney who can advise you on the best course of action

Arlene D. Kock

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