Parental Alienation in Child Custody Cases

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Custody disputes are costly for children, often invoking lasting consequences. But when one parent chooses to alienate the other, it can have a negative impact on both the children and the isolated parent. Given the difficulty of proving that parental alienation exists, you need an experienced child custody attorney on your side.

Our firm has been helping mothers and fathers across South Bay and Torrance since 1977. As a mother-daughter legal team, we share a close rapport that enables us to work effectively toward a favorable resolution of your case. We refuse to let you suffer from parental alienation and are prepared to work tirelessly on your behalf.

How is parental alienation handled by the court?

Although a psychiatrist coined the phrase Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) to define this serious problem, it is often treated as an invalid diagnosis in the psychological community. In recent years, however, courts have become quicker to recognize and acknowledge parental alienation, which occurs when one parent attempts to degrade the other parent in front of the child. Many courts now use the term "parental alienating behavior" in place of Parental Alienation Syndrome.

There are generally three levels of parental alienation:

  • Mild
  • Moderate
  • Severe

The court encourages mild and moderate cases to be treated with therapy and increased time with the alienated parent. In more severe cases, therapy is not enough and the court may remove the child from the house of the alienating parent. Unfortunately, this custody revision can be slow-going and the problem continues growing worse overtime. Encouraging the court to act quickly requires aggressive legal advocacy.

Our Torrance Child Custody Lawyers Don’t Waste Time

When your relationship with your child is at stake, our firm knows how important it is to take swift and immediate action. We can begin building your case the moment you contact us and won’t stop until the best possible outcome has been achieved.

Child custody can be complex, but we are familiar with the ins and outs of California’s legal system. Schedule your consultation with Colleen and Patricia Barberis right away to find out how we may be able to help.