Parental Alienation in New York | What You Need to Know

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Co-parenting can be hard, even under the best of circumstances. However, some parents refuse to co-parent amicably and instead engage in inappropriate and damaging behaviors. One of the most common examples of this is parental alienation. Read on to learn more about parental alienation in New York and how to spot it.

What is parental alienation?

Parental alienation occurs when one parent interferes with the other parent’s relationship with their child. This typically involves behavior like telling the children negative things about the other parent and making efforts to limit the other parent’s ability to see and spend time with the child. In some cases, this behavior includes making passive verbal comments, and in more serious cases, it can involve severe manipulation. If you believe you and your child are victims of parental alienation, it is important to take action, as this behavior has been known to lead to childhood trauma among other serious consequences.

What to look for:

Parental alienation can be difficult to see, and sometimes it may be occurring right under your nose. However, there are some important signs to look out for. For example, children affected by parental alienation may become violent or distant when interacting with the targeted parent. Additionally, if the other parent makes disparaging posts on social media, or sends mean or angry text messages, emails, or phone calls, it is important to keep a record of these things.

What can I do about parental alienation?

By engaging in parental alienation, your ex may be violating the core of your child custody agreement, which is to do what is in the child’s best interest. It can also be seen as a refusal to co-parent, which may be grounds for a loss of custody or a change in your custody arrangement. However, parental alienation can be extremely difficult to prove and can be a controversial topic in a family law court. For this reason, it is important to work with an experienced family law attorney who can gather evidence and advocate for you. 

Our firm will fight for you and your child. If you believe you are a victim of parental alienation, contact our firm today. We will help you obtain evidence and take the necessary steps to protect your child.


If you require strong and dedicated legal representation through a divorce or family law matter in Long Island, New York, contact Peter V. Mandi & Associates, Inc. today.

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