Often, one of the most damaging effects of a difficult, highly contested divorce is parental alienation. Parental alienation occurs when one parent purposefully encourages a child to disengage with the other parent and/or denigrate the other parent. Typical methods include: badmouthing the parent, denying visitation rights through geographical relocation or other means, using the psychological threat of detachment, and withdrawing affection and other tactics.
The issue is extremely complex and difficult to assess — especially initially. For pre-school age or younger children, the harmful effects of parental alienation may not be apparent for several years. New research studies showing the negative psychological effects of parental alienation syndrome or PAS are receiving much greater attention as the divorce rate in the United States continues to exceed the 50% mark, and more and more families are affected. Divorce lawyers in Palm Beach County vary in their experience and expertise in these situations. Charles Jamieson works hard to stay abreast of the latest research. His knowledge and experience make him a leader among Florida attorneys.
The issue affects not only the parents in a divorce, but grandparents and other “extended family” members as well. Too often, the precious bonds that a child has developed with his or her grandparents, aunts, uncles, step brothers and step sisters are battered or broken due to the selfish, ugliness a parent exhibits to get back at the other spouse. Grandparent custody and grandparent visitation have become common concerns. The courts recognize with increasing frequency the importance of the grandparent relationship. However, the law in Florida may not be sympathetic to grandparents. Using his experience and creativity, Charles Jamieson often finds solutions to create and legally maintain grandparents relationship with their grandchildren.
In a parental alienation situation when one parent uses tactics of hostility with a child, the dynamics of custody changes. A new custody evaluation may be in the best future interests of the child. Enlisting the legal advice of an expert can help a parent with an alienated child evaluate their options and pursue the proper course of action. The most qualified family law attorneys are familiar with the latest research on the topic, have an extensive network of experts in the fields of child developmental psychology, the sociology of relationships, and have the knowledge of the relevant legal principles to assist them in protecting and defending a parent’s right to pursue a healthy relationship with their child. It is vitally important that these matters are handled with extreme sensitivity, care and professionalism to ensure the best interests of the child. The welfare of children is of utmost importance to Charles Jamieson. Frequently, the children are forgotten as parents fight for child custody rights and wage child custody battles.
Responsible parents have the right to have a positive, loving relationship with their children. And, children deserve to grow up in a psychologically healthy relationship with their parents. Too often Florida child support and child visitation rights become the issues former spouses use to vent their anger and hostility. As research suggests, emotional dysfunction for the child can follow him or her far into their future relationships with others.
Parental Alienation Changes Custody Dynamics
In a parental alienation situation, enlisting the legal advice of an expert such as Charles D. Jamieson can help a parent with an alienated child evaluate their options and pursue the proper course of action. For over 25 years, Charles D. Jamieson has led efforts to protect parental rights during divorce. He is a staunch advocate of protecting the best interests of children to develop stable, consistent relationships with the adults in their lives whenever possible.
When one parent uses tactics of hostility with a child, the dynamics of custody change. A new custody evaluation may be in the best future interests of the child. Mr. Jamieson handles matters of extreme sensitivity with care and professionalism to look after children at the center. His access to the latest research and extensive network of experts in the fields of child developmental psychology, the sociology of relationships, and relevant legal principles helps him protect and defend a client’s rights to pursue a healthy relationship with their children. In addition to representing clients, Attorney Jamieson also acts as a legal consultant or cross-examiner in matters of parental alienation.
Contact a Lawyer about Parental Alienation
If parental alienation has affected you, please contact us online or call 561/478-0312. Charles D. Jamieson will be happy to evaluate your situation.