Consequences Of Parental Alienation In Nebraska
Parental alienation can be a cause of custody disputes between parents in Nebraska. Parental alienation is a form of child abuse that occurs when one parent manipulates, isolates, or alienates their children from the other parent.
Methods Of Parental Alienation
Parental alienation is usually done through emotional manipulation. Other tactics include:
- Isolating the child from their parent(s).
- Denying them access to their parent(s).
- Taking away custody of the children.
Child psychologist Dr. Richard Gardner coined the term “Parental Alienation” in 1985 and determined it was ‘the most common form of family abuse today.’ In addition, Dr. Gardner found that parental alienation is associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety disorders in young adults who had experienced it as children.
Parental alienation occurs for various reasons:
- For financial gain
- For revenge
- For spite
- Due to jealousy
- Because of anger
Contact us today if you live in Omaha, NE, and suspect your ex-spouse is using alienation tactics to divide you from your children.
What Might Be Legal Consequences Of Parental Alienation In Nebraska?
The legal consequences of parental alienation can be severe for both to the child who is denied a relationship with a parent and to the offending parent if the court determines that parent engaged in alienation.
Suppose the court finds a parent to have used parental alienation tactics on their children. In that case, that parent can be subject to the following:
- The loss of custody or reduced parenting time
- Costs for counseling and therapy
- Requirement to complete parenting classes
Suppose you believe your child is experiencing parental alienation. In that case, it is crucial to seek help from an experienced parental alienation lawyer. At the law firm of Vacanti Shattuck, we can provide you with sound advice regarding how you should proceed.
Parental Alienation Types:
There are two types of parental alienation: intentional and unintentional. Unintentional parental alienation occurs when a parent does not intend to alienate their child from the other. However, they do so unintentionally because of their own actions or inactions.
Intentional parental alienation is much more severe than unintentional parental alienation. It involves parents knowingly taking steps to prevent contact between their children and the non-custodial parent.
Parents who intentionally alienate their children may do so by:
- Removing the child from school
- Refusing visitation
- Changing phone numbers or denying contact
- Speaking poorly about the other parent in front of the child or creating fear of the other parent
- Refusing any contact with the other parent
Parental alienation aims to make it as difficult as possible for the alienated parent to get back into their children’s lives.
Legal Rights Of Parental Alienation In Sarpy County And Douglas County, Nebraska
Each parent has legal rights to have a relation with their child in Nebraska and a court in determining the best interest of that child will look at all relevant factors including whether parental alienation is happening.
The court will ultimately decide which parent is best suited to have custody or what is the best custodial relationship and parenting schedule for the minor.
If there is an existing Decree, a party can file an application to modify those terms if a material change in circumstances has taken place such as parental alienation
Contact us if you believe your ex-spouse or parent of you child has engaged in parental alienation
If you need more information about the legal implications of parental alienation, consider hiring the Lawyers at Vacanti Shattuck Attorneys.
You can reach our Omaha, NE office by calling (402) 235-6070 today.
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