Written by attorney Jef D Henninger

Fighting Parental Alienation in New Jersey

New Jersey might not be the easiest state to fight a parental alienation but that doesn't mean its impossible. Fighting back with the right lawyer and an aggressive strategy can put the breaks on the other side alienating you.

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One of the first cases to cite in your argument should be Beck v. Beck, specifically this paragraph Traditional enforcement techniques are singularly inappropriate in a child custody proceeding for which the best interests of the child is our polestar. Despite the obvious unfairness of allowing an uncooperative parent to flout a court decree, we are unwilling to sanction punishment of a recalcitrant parent if the welfare of the child will also suffer. However, when the actions of such a parent deprive the child of the kind of relationship with the other parent that is deemed to be in the child's best interests, removing the child from the custody of the uncooperative parent may well be appropriate as a remedy of last resort. See Dodd v. Dodd, 93 Misc.2d 641, 403 N.Y.S.2d 401, 406 (Sup.Ct. 1978); cf. Sheehan v. Sheehan, supra, 51 N.J. Super. at 291 (even in sole custody case, if custodial parent desires to retain custody, he or she must aid and encourage efforts of noncustodial parent to enhance mutual love, affection and respect between that parent and the child).

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