In some divorce cases, one parent will attempt to turn a child against the other parent in order to obtain leverage in a high-conflict child custody dispute. Any indications of parental alienation may prolong the time and expense of the divorce process. Therefore, involving a skilled and discerning attorney is important to protect your rights and the best interests of your child.
Generally, the court will only award sole custody or restricted access under very limited circumstances, such as parental unfitness or child endangerment issues. That does not prevent a parent from attempting to subvert a child’s feelings of preference. Arizona family courts will act in what they determine to be the child’s best interest, ideally preserving a stable and secure relationship with both parents. Parental alienation disrupts that ideal and can lead to future relational problems for children when they grow up.
Our Arizona parental alienation attorneys can advise you on the laws and options you have for combating parental alienation in your divorce. We will listen to your concerns and help you take proactive steps to protect your parental rights and your relationship with your children.
Our goal is to help you determine the best possible course of action given the situation and your goals. In some cases, it may be necessary to use outside psychological experts such as child psychologists, parenting coordinators or court advisors. Depending on the situation, the court may require feuding spouses or partners to attend parenting classes or conflict resolution classes in an effort to work out a practical solution.
Attorney Stephanie Jackson and attorney Nicole Lasiter are highly experience in all aspects of complex divorce and child custody situations. Lawyer input can help you and your spouse, ex-spouse or partner devise workable parenting plans in your divorce or separation situation. Contact our firm to speak with one of our skilled Phoenix alienation attorneys and protect your parental rights. We represent clients throughout Maricopa, Pinal and other counties.