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Chicago Parental Alienation Attorneys

Divorce is a difficult situation for children who need to maintain healthy and continuous relationships with both parents. Shielding children from parental conflicts is important for children to have emotionally stable lives. Some parents, however, try to force their children to choose sides in parental disagreements.

Parental Alienation Syndrome

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS) refers to a syndrome where one parent alienates the other parent from the children by disparaging the other parent. The child, in response, turns against the other parent. Though parental alienation syndrome is not an actual syndrome according to the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, parental alienation is increasingly brought up in court cases.

PAS has not been tested scientifically and may not be valid in court in challenging parental custody.

However, parental alienation may be claimed by one parent to accuse the other of emotional child abuse. In addition, real child abuse may be missed if the abuser accuses the concerned parent of parental alienation syndrome.

Allocation Violations

Documenting child allocation violations is more useful in court than vague accusations using parental alienation syndrome. There are many examples of allocation violations and these often hurt children. Some examples are:

  • One parent refusing to provide medical or school records to the other parent when requested;
  • One parent subverting parenting time, for example, setting up fun events that conflict with parenting time;
  • One parent refusing to share schedules for school, daycare, or extracurricular activities; and
  • Once parent not allowing any contact with the children through other means, such as telephone or email.

Not including the other parent in religious, medical, or educational decisions can violate a joint allocation agreement. It is critical for you to document each incident. Keep a journal or calendar of parenting time denials, denied access to school records, denied access to school or other schedules, denial of communication with children, and being shut out of medical, educational, religious, or other life decisions. These are the issues that will matter when speaking with a judge about the other parent denying your rights to your child.

Hiring an attorney who specializes in child allocation is as important as keeping track of possible violations. Speak to the Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP, at (312) 332-2915.

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