What is Parental Alienation?

If you are going through a divorce or custody battle or are already divorced this is a question you may need to know the answer to.

Parental alienation is defined as: “Any parental behavior that disturbs the child’s relationship with the other parent.” Some examples of this behavior are: restricting the other parent’s access to information about the child, refusing telephone contact or visitation with the other parent, criticizing the other parent in front of the child, destroying pictures of the other parent, changing the child’s last name, encouraging conflict between the child and the other parent, using the child to deliver messages to the other parent, or blaming the other parent for financial or emotional problems.

If your spouse or ex (or you) are doing these things, under Tennessee law it now constitutes a material change in circumstances and is grounds to change custody, visitation and the Parenting Plan. Call us today if you have questions about parental alienation, custody or Parenting Plans.


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