Indianapolis Parental Alienation Lawyer
Parental alienation occurs when one parent takes steps to isolate a child from the other parent. It may involve words and actions that create division, estrangement, or hostility between the other parent and the child. Parental alienation is not an isolated incident of one parent saying something inappropriate to the child about the other parent. Rather, it is a set of strategies that act to alienate the child from the other parent and lead to long-term consequences for the child.
Defeating parental alienation is a complex legal matter. Our family law attorneys at Trapp Law, LLC in Indianapolis have significant experience handling parental alienation cases and a deep understanding of the issues involved. We understand the sensitive nature of this urgent family law issue and are committed to protecting your parental rights. Contact us to schedule a free, confidential initial consultation if you have been the victim of parental alienation.
What Is Involved in Parental Alienation?
A parent attempting to alienate a child from the other parent may do so in many different ways, including:
- Making derogatory statements about the other parent
- Limiting contact with the other parent
- Forbidding discussion or pictures of the other parent
- Forcing the child to reject the other parent
- Creating the impression that the other parent is dangerous
- Belittling contact with the extended family of the other parent
- Forcing the child to choose between parents with threats or withdrawal of affection
What Are the Warning Signs of Parental Alienation?
To defeat parental alienation, a parent must first be aware that it is occurring. Signs to watch for may include:
- Requests from the child to exclude the targeted parent (for example, don’t come to my games, recitals, etc.)
- Shut out of the targeted parent by the other parent from school meetings, camp, etc.
- Being challenged by the child in an extreme, argumentative and combative manner
- The child demonstrating arrogance and entitlement to receive tasks or gifts from the targeted parent
- Failure of the child to identify previous positive bonding experiences with the targeted parent
- Denigration by the child of the targeted parent, which may involve repeating words of the targeting parent
- The child takes responsibility for rejection and alienation and will not acknowledge manipulation by the targeting parent
Key Components of Defeating Parental Alienation
You have options under the law to defeat parental alienation. Key components of the process include:
- Understanding: You and your attorney must understand how damaging parental alienation can be and how quickly it can occur. Small changes observed can spiral into an out-of-control situation.
- Documentation: Document chronologically how the situation with the child has gone from good, to bad, to worse. Documentation can be in the form of pictures, videos, school records, calendars, or anything that demonstrates your positive relationship with your child and how parental alienation destroyed it.
- Psychology: Your attorney should have a deep understanding and awareness of scientific research and literature concerning parental alienation.
- Presentation: Your case presentation to the court must show the history integrated with a comprehensive description and explanation keyed to your child in the present and the future.
- Exposure: Your attorney should expose the truth about the lies and negative statements the alienating parent has made about you.
Parental alienation cases can be complex and challenging. At Trapp Law, LLC, we understand that no two cases are the same and develop creative and custom solutions for every client. We know what is at stake in parental alienation cases and will take every possible measure to obtain the best possible outcome in your case.