Parental Alienation in Florida Law – FAQs
What is Parental Alienation?
Parental Alienation in it’s simplest form is defied as a purposeful effort of one parent to alienate a child’s affection towards the other parent. Both men and women can be alienators.
What are Some Examples of Parental Alienation?
There are several ways that a parent can alienate a child’s affection from the other parent. Some of the most common forms of alienation are;
1. Talking poorly about the child’s other parent
2. Causing the child to reject the other parent through isolation, or withholding contact with the other parent
3. Creating an unsubstantiated fear of the other parent, such as filing false accusations of abuse
4. Accusing one parent of being an unfit parent in an effort to change or overturn a custody order
5. Making a child feel guilty about their relationship with the other parent
Examples of Parental Alienation that Could Warrant a Modification of Custody or Parenting Plan
- Preventing court ordered timesharing with the other parent
- Seriously damaging the emotional well being of the child
- Making major unilateral life changing decisions for the child
What is (PAS)?
Parental Alienation Syndrome is a term used in child custody cases. It is the same as Parental Alienation but “syndrome” helps to characterize the act with a set of associated symptoms that are present with this behavior. One example is maliciously seeking “revenge” against an ex by turning the child against them.
Florida Law and Parental Alienation
If you believe that your ex has alienated your child or children to the extent that it has interfered with your timesharing or involvement in your children’s lives, speaking with an experienced Tampa family law attorney may be necessary and beneficial.
In Florida, any modification of timesharing or custody requires a substantial and material change that was unanticipated at the time of the Final Judgment. Any modification must also prove that it is in the best interest of the child. Parental alienation in it’s most severe form may result in a modification in custody or parenting plan. It is crucial that your family law attorney has the experience that is needed in these types of cases. It is necessary to prove to the courts that a modification of custody or timesharing is in the best interest of your children.
What to Do if You are Being Accused of PAS?
If you have been accused of parental alienation in a lawsuit that has been filed against you, it is recommended that you consult with an experienced Tampa family law and child custody attorney. Defending yourself in high conflict family law matters, particularly in timesharing or child custody matters may not be in your best interest. We represent both men and women in a variety of high conflict family law matters. When you need a top-rated family law attorney in Hillsborough County, Pasco and Pinellas County, Florida, you can entrust Nilo J Sanchez & Associates to fight for you and the best interest of your family.
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