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Parental Alienation Syndrome
High conflict custody cases are emotionally charged and complex proceedings. During the tug-of-war, some children exhibit emotional detachment from one or both parents. One likely cause of this emotional detachment is Parental Alienation.
A concept developed by Dr. Richard Gardner, Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is the term used to describe the effect of a combination of parental programming and the child's own contribution to the vilification of the targeted parent. In PAS cases, the alienating parent uses denigration, depreciation, and harsh criticism to destroy a child's affection for the targeted parent.
Children, exposed to high conflict custody conflicts suffer tremendously. The challenge for counselors is to find ways of sparing children the emotional pain, guilt, and stress that result when they are caught in their parents' crossfire. Too often counselors over-identify with polarized parents and children and are co-opted. The particular challenge for lawyers is to discern whether the actions taken and allegations made by a client are based on genuine concerns for their children's safety and well-being, or motivated by revenge, leverage for child support, and fear of losing his/her children. Too often lawyers get sucked in to these polarized conflicts and merely want to win for their clients.
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Our team has a unique blend of education and experience in the behavioral sciences and the law. Unlike other law firms, we are capable of addressing challenges faced by both counselors and lawyers. Our senior attorney, Doctor Demosthenes Lorandos, is a renowned clinical psychologist, author, speaker, and litigator. As a psychologist and attorney, Dr. Lorandos specializes in contentious domestic relations actions and is an expert in Parental Alienation Syndrome. Dr. Lorandos is the contributing editor of The International Handbook of Parental Alienation Syndrome (a project completed with Dr. Richard Gardner and Dr. Richard Sauber). He is also the co-author of several books combining psychology and the law including Benchbook in the Behavioral Sciences, and Cross-Examining Experts in the Behavioral Sciences. Our legal team possesses degrees in almost all areas of the behavioral sciences: psychology, sociology, and anthropology.
Parental alienation develops over time and the distancing that occurs may involve some of the following features:
- Blame - blaming the other parent for breaking up the family and for other problems
- Spying - using the children to spy on the targeted parent; questioning the children about the targeted parent's personal life; eavesdropping on telephone conversations between the children and the targeted parent
- Interfering with visitation - giving the children the choice of visiting the targeted parent; being inflexible to otherwise reasonable changes in visitation; scheduling activities during the targeted parent's visitation time
- Denigration - one parent speaks badly or demeans the other parent in the children's presence
- Allegations of abuse - allegations of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse of the children are often made against the targeted parent
If these symptoms sound familiar to you, you need the assistance and expertise of Lorandos Joshi. Most firms do not have the science-based and legally based knowledge necessary to defeat Parental Alienation successfully. Our team has a superior understanding of the behavioral sciences and their impact on domestic relations issues such as custody and visitation. PAS cases typically turn on expert testimony. Doctor Lorandos is an expert; he publishes books on the admissibility, questioning, and cross-examining of behavioral science experts in the courtroom. You need the expertise of our advocates to protect your rights, your children’s rights, and your relationship with your children. Our team is dedicated to protecting our clients and preserving their families. Our results speak for themselves.
If you believe that you are the target of parental alienation you need to contact Lorandos Joshi!