Phoenix Parental Alienation Attorney

How Steven N. Cole, LLC Can Help in Maricopa County

Being the child of parents going through a divorce can be traumatic, but when that child is the victim of Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS), the effects may be catastrophic. According to a study in the Family Court Review, PAS is actually a form of child abuse – the consequences of which are felt not only by the child, but by the targeted parent as well. Our firm understands these issues, and we have the experience that you need on your side.

For more than 20 years, we have been fighting for parents and children throughout Phoenix who are faced with various family law cases. We are dedicated to your success, and we know what it takes to help you effectively pursue the results that you need. When you work with our firm, you will receive the individualized attention that you need and the customized approach that your case requires. Let us help prevent parental alienation and enforce your rights to visitation or custody of your child.

What is parental alienation syndrome?

Parental Alienation Syndrome occurs when one parent attempts to damage or destroy a child's relationship with the opposite or "target" parent. The child or children are repeatedly indoctrinated with negative and harmful information from the alienating parent about the target parent. The offending parent will often use fabricated allegations and limit time with the accused parent to bolster their cause. Children are manipulated and forced to choose between the two.

PAS undermines the foundational child/parent bond and strips away the ability of the child to receive and accept love from the target parent.

The immediate ramifications to the child could include:

  • Loss of connection to the targeted parent
  • Hatred toward the victimized parent

The long-term effects to the child could include:

  • Self-loathing
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse

Parents who are the focus of this abuse deal with pain and loss that is devastating. The legal implications are pronounced, particularly when dealing with child custody and false accusations.

Why You Need an Attorney on Your Side

If you are the targeted parent of PAS, there are numerous hurdles and misconceptions that you will need to overcome. A common mistaken belief is that an abusive father will often "claim" parental alienation as a child abuse defense during custody hearings. Often, the opposite is true and the alienating parent is the one leveling the false accusations. Mothers can also be the intended target parent; it's not just a male issue.

Another fallacy is that Parental Alienation Syndrome is best dealt with in a therapist's office and not the courtroom. Many alienating parents, however, are reluctant to place their child in therapy. Often, a court order is needed for the affected child to receive treatment. When you are involved in parental alienation, and if you believe that your ex-spouse is deliberately attempting to separate you and your child, it is time to call the Phoenix family law attorneys at Steven N. Cole, LLC.

Contact Steven N. Cole, LLC Today

We are all too familiar with what Parental Alienation Syndrome means to individuals and their families who are confronting this experience. Facing permanent alienation from their children through no fault of their own, they are scared and overwhelmed. If you are confronting this heartbreaking situation, contact us to speak with a Maricopa County divorce attorney that can help.

Our firm has successfully handled this kind of situation in the past, and we know what it takes to help our clients pursue the results that they need. We offer a case evaluation so that you may learn more about how we will approach your case before making any financial commitment to our firm. Contact our office today and discuss your situation with our dedicated legal team.