Fighting Parental Alienation in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania has only recently recognized parental alienation as a big problem. This guide review that case and provides a few tips for handling your case.
Pennsylvania has recently recognized parental alienation as a serious issuePennsylvania is a jurisdiction that recognizes parental alienation. For example, in the case of W.C.F. v. M.G., 115 A.3d 323 (Pa.Super.2015), the court found that the Father was more likely to promote Child's relationship with Mother than Mother would with Father. It stated that "Mother is not likely to encourage or permit frequent and continuing contact between Father and Child. In addition, the Mother made repeated attempts to allege abuse that were found not credible. The mother also refused to cooperate with Father. Cases likes this provide a clear path for a parent that is the victim of alienation to turn the tables against the other parent to win custody of the child.
Tips for handling your caseOf course, proving that you have actually been the victim of parental alienation to such an extent that you should be awarded custody is not the easiest thing to do in Pennsylvania. It may take going back to court several times. One or two parenting time disputes is not going to be enough to prove alienation. However, if you see a pattern developing, you need to work with an attorney that has experience in alienation cases in Pennsylvania. Being successful often calls for a long term strategy. You will need to document all of your evidence and file numerous applications with the court. You also cannot get discouraged as you go back and forth to court over and over again. Each time you file, you have to be more and more aggressive and remind the court that you are a victim of alienation. Eventually, you should be able to provide that it is in the child's best interests to change custody.