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Parental Alienation Syndrome | Attorney Robert Dapelo

Parental alienation syndrome (PAS), also called hostile or aggressive parenting, is a pattern of damaging behavior that can have legal consequences for child custody arrangements. It occurs when one parent employs underhanded tactics to emotionally or physically distance the children from the other parent. The offending parent may even go so far as to:

  • Interfere with the others visitation rights
  • Inappropriately involve the children in adult issues pertaining to the divorce or separation
  • Fabricate allegations of child abuse or neglect to gain the upper hand
  • Take the children into another jurisdiction, without informing the other parent or the court

These behaviors can significantly undermine the children's trust and relationship with the innocent parent. They can also leave the children with unnecessary emotional wounds.

Don't Let Hostile Parenting Go Unchecked

If you have noticed a pattern of behavior indicative of parental alienation syndrome, an attorney can help protect your children — and your relationship with them. In Long Island, contact me, Robert Dapelo, a Patchogue-based lawyer with more than 25 years of experience.

I know that nothing is more important than your children. You can count on me to take advantage of every legal means available for protecting your parent-child relationship and shielding your children from further emotional harm.

The Legal Impact Of Hostile Parenting

New York courts take parental alienation very seriously. Generally, seeking court intervention is the surest way to obtain a swift resolution. You may be able to obtain a custody modification in your favor.

To pursue legal recourse against the other parent's implacable hostility, contact The Law Offices of Robert W. Dapelo, Esq., PC, in Suffolk County. Call 631-654-9500 or toll free 888-325-6199 for a free consultation. You can also submit a quick contact form online.