As a St. Augustine Divorce Lawyer I am familiar with the many issues that surround child custody disputes. I also know what St. Augustine/St. Johns County Judges absolutely hate to see in child custody cases. One of the main things that divorcing parents in contested cases have a tendency to do is disparage the other parent. This is something that should be avoided at all costs. Disparaging another parent is one thing that can lead to Parental Alienation Syndrome.
ParentalAlienation.org defines Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) as “a disorder that arises primarily in the context of child-custody disputes. Its primary manifestation is the child’s campaign of denigration against a parent, a campaign that has no justification. It results from the combination of a programming (brainwashing) parent’s indoctrination and the child’s own contributions to the vilification of the targeted parent.”
In my past divorce and child custody cases in St. Augustine, I have unfortunately seen parents make degrading remarks about the other parent to the child, make false accusations to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and refuse to comply with time-sharing agreements. In cases where this and Parental Alienation is an issue the St. Augustine Court needs to be made aware of what exactly is occurring and the severity of the problem in order for the Court devise a remedy.
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If you are considering divorce or have just been served with divorce papers and live in Duval, Clay, Nassau, or St. Johns county contact a St. Augustine Divorce Lawyer at (904) 685-1200 to schedule a free consultation. Weekend and night appointments are available. Got a question and it is after regular business hours? Call our after hours line at (904) 701-8702.