If you’re involved in a child custody case involving parental alienation or parental alienation syndrome this post could be very important to you.
Any attorney that’s been involved in a high conflict divorce involving children will be fully aware of the dynamic of PA even if they’ve never heard of the actual term. Although many judges are reluctant to accept parental alienation as a legal term, every experienced attorney & judge has seen a vicious ex-spouse attempt to destroy the relationship of a targeted parent with their children.
This is where an outside consultant can be very beneficial. They can help to protect you and your children in a variety of ways. To begin with they are usually quite current with case precedence on this topic. They’ve also seen what works best and just as importantly, what is totally ineffective in these types of cases. In addition they can often provide resources that your attorney will need to prove your case in court.
Please remember though that even with the help of a skilled & educated professional there are no guarantees of success in the courtroom. Judges are people. Like everyone else, there are good judges and bad judges. And unfortunately they can do just about anything they want to in their courtroom. Some of you already know exactly what I’m talking about. But that doesn’t negate the fact that you should do everything possible to obtain a favorable outcome for you and your children.
At first glance some of you will look at this as an additional expense. Although that could end up being the case, often times exactly the opposite is true. Many times a skilled consultant is able to uncover the truth much faster than your attorney could by themselves. In those cases it could actually save you a great deal in legal fees because there will be less litigation to prove what is happening and to remedy the situation.
Parental alienation is a horrible form of child abuse. Every effort should be made to prevent it from happening at all. When that’s not possible, it needs to be stopped from progressing to the point that children lose a loving parent. You will need every tool and resource available to help you in this battle with parental alienation. The key is to be proactive instead of reactionary. If you wait until you feel like your losing you’ve probably already lost…
Here is an article from one of the foremost authorities in this field. His name is Joseph Goldberg. Here is his perspective on the value of a consultant in these types of cases:
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