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Child custody and parental alienation

On Behalf of | Jul 27, 2023 | Child Custody & Support |

When a pair of Texas parents file for divorce, they usually try to negotiate an agreement regarding all issues relevant to their children. These issues typically have to do with residence, education, health, finances and more. If child custody orders list one parent as the primary caretaker of the children, it does not mean that the other parent should be denied access to the kids.

In fact, unless the court has restricted or prohibited visitation, a custodial parent is acting unlawfully if he or she tries to fracture the relationship between the children and the other parent, especially if children are being lied to or denied communication with their mother or father. Parental alienation occurs when one parent sets out to isolate his or her children from the other parent. This is typically accomplished by convincing the children that the other parent is a bad person or cannot be trusted.

Resolving child custody problems

If you have an existing court order stating that you can spend time with your children on certain days of the week or at specific times, your ex must adhere to the order. When a person violates a court order, the judge who is overseeing the case may decide to hold that individual in contempt of court. Besides the legal aspects of a parental alienation scheme, children are usually the ones who suffer most because it is traumatic to be told that their parent doesn’t love them or hates them or will harm them.

If your former spouse is not following child custody rules, you can bring the matter to the court’s attention. Vela & Del Fierro, in Texas, provides strong legal support to parents who have been wrongfully ousted from their children’s lives. You can request a meeting to discuss the issue and explore options for seeking the court’s intervention, as appropriate.