When divorces begin, there is often considerable animosity between the divorcing parties. They may all look much alike. However, in cases where Parental Alienation (PA) is present, a very different dynamic is operating that may be difficult to identify at first glance.
The animosity between divorcing parties, in many, if not most cases, will subside with time. In cases with Parental Alienation however, the acrimony will typically increase, and the sooner this can be identified the better. The problem is that they often look very similar at the outset.
Why is it important to be able to identify PA cases early on? Because failure to do so, and proceeding as if Parental Alienation is not present, will predict very likely failure. Adding to this is the fact that Family Law Judges often under
appreciate the significant damage that PA does to its victims, the children, as they may appear to be thriving with the alienating parent.
In cases where PA is not present, as acrimony subsides, disagreements are more easily negotiated, often with mediation. In these cases, it is not necessary or even advisable to aggressively “go after” the other parent to make the case. In fact, doing so will often backfire and make the attacking parent look badly. Further, in cases were PA is not present, extensive discovery is often not warranted and necessary.
Conversely, when Parental Alienation is present, these typical tools and strategies will be found to be not only ineffective, but also counterproductive. These cases are very different than how they may originally appear, and therefore require different strategies.
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