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.
New Jersey is not the easiest state to argue parental alienationNew Jersey is certainly not the easiest jurisdiction to show that you have been the victim of alienation. It can be difficult to get into court quickly enough. There are usually not enough judges to hear all of the cases that are filed. If you file an FD application, you'll often be put in front of a mediator instead of a judge to start off with. If you do get in front of a judge, getting a quick trial date can also be difficult. As if that wasn't difficult enough, you may find yourself going in front of different judges who are not familiar with your case. This can cause you to have to start over again each time this happens.
Your best offense is a good strategyAll of that certainly sounds bad but that does not mean it is hopeless. It just means that you have to be much more aggressive than what others would have to do in other jurisdictions. This requires a very aggressive attorney that has battled parental alienation cases in New Jersey. You also cannot get discouraged just because your motion is not successful. You need to keep filing motion after motion to address all instances of alienation. If you do find yourself in front of a new judge, you have to summarize the history of your case to the judge. I have done that with great success.
While New Jersey has a criminal statute for interference with custody, it can be very difficult to get the police to take that seriously. Regardless, you should consult with your attorney about attempting to file these charges at all costs. The statute is on the books and if you have shown that it has been violated, the charges should be issued.
One of the biggest problems we see in New Jersey is that people run out of money and they try to handle cases on their own. While this might work in some jurisdictions, its rarely a wise choice in New Jersey. You may be better off saving your money to fight another day then you are filing motions pro se. Of course, only an attorney that you actually consult with can advise you as to the best course of action. So even if you cannot afford to retain one, you should pay for a consultation to discuss a clear path forward.