Is parental alienation considered child abuse in Florida?
The message from the alienating parent to their child can be threefold:
1. I am the only parent who loves you and you need me to feel good about yourself;
2.Your other parent is dangerous and unavailable; and/or
3. Pursuing a relationship with the other parent puts your relationship with me at risk.
The sum of these messages: that child is worthless and unloved and only of value for meeting the needs of others. This corresponds to the definition of psychological maltreatment (emotional abuse) set out by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.
Parental alienation, as a form of emotional abuse, harms the child in the short-term, but it can also have long-term effects including but not limited to: depression, alcohol/drug abuse, low self-esteem, problems with trusting, and a cycle of alienation that extends to their own children when they are parents.
While the facts seem to support that parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse, proving parental alienation in a Florida court of law is a very difficult and complex process. Judges tend to be conservative in their orders and are slow to place serious sanctions on the alienating parent. This is why it is critical to have an attorney experienced in the area of parental alienation managing your case and advocating on your behalf.
The most qualified marital and family law attorneys regarding Parental Alienation are familiar with the latest research on the topic, have an extensive network of experts in the fields of child developmental psychology, 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 your child and the continuation of a meaningful relationship between you and your child.
If you are a parent or extended family member who has been affected by parental alienation, please contact us to schedule a consultation. This is a very serious issue and should be dealt with promptly to minimize the negative consequences.
Board Certified Marital and Family Law Attorney Charles D. Jamieson understands that divorce is an extremely sensitive and important issue. Thanks to extensive experience and a focus on open communication, Attorney Jamieson adeptly addresses the complex issues surrounding divorce while delivering excellent personal service. To discuss parental alienation related to your divorce or other family law case, please contact The Law Firm of Charles D. Jamieson, P.A. online or call 561-478-0312.