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:
- 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
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
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