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Parental Alienation Lawyers in Worcester

Representing Clients in Hanover & Westborough

For many parents, one of the most daunting aspects of divorce is the idea that your relationship with your children will be compromised. As a child custody lawyer can tell you, many divorced parents are able to avoid this by maintaining an amicable relationship for the child’s benefit. Others are not so lucky.

When divorce involves a high level of conflict or ill will, children can often get caught in the middle. Parental alienation can take many forms, and while it often manifests in subtle ways, the consequences can be devastating for the child and parents alike.

The practice can involve manipulating a child to cultivate certain negative emotions with the other parent, such as:

  • Distrust
  • Fear
  • Disrespect

Oftentimes it occurs when a custodial parent does (or fails to do) something, either actively or passively, that diminishes the noncustodial parent’s ability to have a meaningful relationship with the child.

Signs of Parental Alienation

Examples include when the custodial parent:

  • Acts hurt if the child displays positive feelings about the noncustodial parent.
  • Asks the child to lie to the noncustodial parent or be secretive.
  • Puts fear into the child’s head by making statements in front of or to the child that the noncustodial parent is untrustworthy or abusive.
  • Encouraging the child to show disrespect towards the other parent.
  • Using the child to spy or gather information about the other parent.
  • Constantly communicates with the child while they are spending time with the other parent.
  • Cuts off or terminates parenting time without a court order.

Our Attorneys Can Help in Situations of Parental Alienation

At O’Connor Family Law, we understand the distress or hopelessness you may feel in these situations. We want you to know that the law can be on your side—and we most definitely are. We can provide you with a strategy to obtain effective legal recourse against parental alienation, so you can continue to foster a positive relationship with your child. In these types of situations, it is very important to act quickly as soon as you believe alienation is taking place.

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  • Education

    We don't believe in telling you what to do. Our team's goal is to educate and provide you with favorable options so that you feel empowered to choose the best outcome for yours and your family's needs. 

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