Through sending my child to counseling, my ex-spouse has worked to turn my child against me. What are my legal options?
I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state, but I can provide you with general tips in divorce.
Parental alienation is a big problem in society today and has been consistently overlooked by the courts. In the state that I am licensed in, Ohio, courts will order counseling that all parties are to participate in and issue strict orders against spouses speaking ill of the other around the child. The most important thing to do in this situation is act quickly.
Participate actively with the counselor, and make sure they are hearing all sides to the story, as they could potentially bias the child further if they only focus on you or your actions. I would recommend you gather all messages from your ex-spouse that relate to the alienation, and meet with a local attorney to discuss your options moving forward.
Dan Pearce is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell Planning Partners. He has written countless pieces on MensDivorce.com, detailing the plight of men and fathers going through the divorce experience, as well as the issues seniors and their families experience throughout the estate planning journey on ElderCareLaw.com. Mr. Pearce has managed websites and helped create content, such as the Men’s Divorce Newsletter and the YouTube series, “Men’s Divorce Countdown.” He also has been a contributor on both the Men’s Divorce Podcast and ElderTalk with TuckerAllen.
Mr. Pearce assisted in fostering a Cordell Planning Partners practice area specific for Veterans, as they deal with the intricacies of their benefits while planning for the future. He also helped create the Cordell Planning Partners Resource Guide and the Cordell Planning Partners Guide to Alternative Residence Options, specific for seniors with questions regarding their needs and living arrangements.