Proving Parental Alienation
Parental alienation is a complex subject. The challenge is to differentiate between a child’s normal reaction to parenting changes, and a parent’s influence over a child’s attitude toward the other parent.
At Calgary Family Law Associates, our team of lawyers have helped clients throughout Alberta determine if parental alienation exists in their parent-child relationship. We provide legal support and advice for parents alleging alienation as well as accused of alienation.
Proving Parental Alienation Exists
It’s important to note that alienation can be a very tricky subject to prove. Children may distance themselves from a parent for natural reasons, such as violence, addiction, and even the maturity of the parent.
For example, if your teenager refuses to call you, sometimes it’s just a case of a teenager being a teenager. But this is not always the circumstance, and our lawyers have the extensive experience required to determine when parental alienation is present.
Solutions For Parental Alienation Claims
Parental alienation is, generally speaking, when one parent negatively influences a child’s relationship with the other parent. Symptoms can include a refusal, or resistance, to spend any time or associate with the other parent.
If parental alienation is proven, there are a number of different strategies we can pursue in order to protect your parental rights. If necessary, we can:
- Bring in mental health professionals for assessments
- Request counselling for both parents to improve the parenting relationship
- Request parenting therapy to help avoid unintentional alienation behaviour