By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
Parental alienation syndrome is where one parent turns the children against the other parent. Most divorce decrees have a “disparagement” paragraph which forbids each parent from disparaging the other to the children.
Courts recognize that children see themselves as a part of each parent and where there is denegration, it is harmful to the child because the child loses self esteem; he or she also loses respect for the disparaged parent and parenting becomes more difficult. Judges take this bad behavior seriously and the Florida legislature has even passed a shared parenting statute which forbids disparaging behavior of one parent to the other.
Where evidence and testimony is produced showing a child is harmed by alienating behavior, courts will decide to alter the parent time sharing arrangement. The court’s job is to protect the child and the best interests of the child. Limiting time sharing, or requiring supervised time sharing is the response to a parent who alienates the other to the detriment of the child.
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