Divorce is hard enough on children without their parents throwing accusations at each other. When it comes to child custody issues in Alabama, the issue of parental alienation is rearing its ugly head. When one parent accuses the other of turning a child against him or her through manipulation, parental alienation may or may not be at play. Experts say there are times, however, when the theory of parental alienation is used as an excuse by abusive former partners and parents to gain control and/or custody of their kids.
When there is a claim of parental alienation, the court system is often involved since most of these cases end up in litigation. A study looked at thousands of cases of abuse, parental alienation accusations and custody, and it found that fathers who were accused of abuse by mothers who themselves were accused of alienation won 72 percent of their cases. It is clear that courts have been moving away from maternal bias.
The American Psychological Association found that judges are becoming more reluctant to believe mothers' claims of abuse. More mothers who make claims of abuse are being seen as hostile. Critics say that many judges, mediators and family court experts don't have adequate training when it comes to abuse issues, and this is part of the problem.
Parental alienation, then, is playing a part in child custody rulings. An Alabama family law attorney is knowledgeable about the laws governing child custody and would be able to provide his or her client with legal guidance. In instances when cases go to litigation, a lawyer would be able to offer advice and representation throughout the process.