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Parental alienation syndrome: often a problem for dads

For myriad and obvious reasons, some divorces in Arkansas and elsewhere are notably troublesome, that is, rife with contentious issues that can seem intractable and virtually devoid of resolution.

Often, and unsurprisingly, the most conflict-laden matters in a divorce relate centrally to a couple's children, being tied most specifically to considerations surrounding parenting plans and post-divorce custody arrangements and visitation.

Many couples somehow manage to make things work out reasonably well even under acrimony-tinged conditions, but, sadly, that is not always the case.

And when it is not, the term "parental alienation syndrome' (PAS) can sometimes emerge, with an attendant challenge from a parent that he or she is being demonized by the other parent in a manner that is poisoning relationships with one or more children.

As we note on the Parental Alienation Syndrome page of our website at the Little Rock-based Robertson Law Firm, "Fathers are disproportionately the victims" of conduct that seeks to portray a parent in a severely negative light that can permanently scar a parent/child relationship.

Although proving PAS in a court can be a difficult proposition, certain types of conduct and behavior can logically support a parent's alienation claim. Those can centrally include things such as:

  • Persistent negative comments uttered by a parent that denigrate the other parent in a child's eyes
  • One parent telling a child that the other parent does not love him or her
  • A custodial parent circumventing the visitation rights of the other parent
  • A parent making false claims regarding child abuse committed by the other parent

The attorneys at our firm are sensitive to such matters and bring diligent and aggressive representation to bear on behalf of clients needing our assistance to investigate ad defend against claims of PAS.

We welcome close scrutiny of our firm and its proven client advocacy.

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