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Domestic Relations Practice Area

Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation, whether intentional or unintentional, can occur after parents separate. There are many forms of parental alienation.  For instance, parental alienation can occur when one parent continually speaks negatively about the other parent either to the child or to others in front of the child. Another common form of parental alienation is when one parent purchases, or promises to purchase, expensive gifts for the child. Put simply, when a parent attempts to influence, or persuade, a child to spend more time with him or her by creating hostility for the other parent or by creating a preference for himself or herself, the parent is effectively alienating the other parent. Parental Alienation causes conflict between parents, but more importantly, it causes confusion and detrimental effects for a child. In Arkansas, courts do not tolerate parental alienation.  If you believe that your ex-spouse or partner is alienating your child from you, you should take legal action to prevent him or her from continuing to alienate your child.


To prevent parental alienation, clauses can be defined and detailed in your decree of divorce.  If you are already divorced, and divorce decree does not specifically prohibit parental alienation, contact M.W. Law, PLLC to discuss the options available to you. 

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