What Are My Visitation Rights?

Are you in the middle of a custody dispute? Dealing with the legal ramifications of child custody cases can be stressful, frustrating, and overwhelming. Our Salt Lake City Law Firm has experience handling a variety of legal cases and we can provide you with assistance related to your visitation rights.

What is Parental Alienation?

A number of people will suffer from parental alienation syndrome. The American Psychiatric Association doesn’t officially have a diagnosis for people dealing with parental alienation syndrome, but it is a condition that is notable for many people. What the APA recognizes it as is a relationship dysfunction between the parent and child and the parent and other parent.

A child can be influenced by the other parent, causing them to dislike the other parent, or reject them altogether. When Parent A is unwilling to work with Parent B, it can cause one to miss scheduled visitations and can end up having problems as the child refuses to speak to the other parent.

How to Deal with Parental Alienation

Experts handling parental alienation often need to work with an attorney to challenge the hostile situation created by the other parent. Here are some tips to help you manage parental alienation:

  • Control your anger and stay calm, becoming upset with the child or other parent will only make it challenging in the court room to plead your case.
  • Keep a journal of events or a video diary to explain what is happening and record each day you identify a problem.
  • Remain consistent in your duties for your scheduled visits, even if the other parent doesn’t allow you to take your child. The child may not come with you, which can be heartbreaking, but you need to upload your legal end of the custody agreement.
  • Focus on positive activities and continue talking to your child when it is your schedule visit time. You want to show the court you are trying, even if you are being refused by your child.
  • Do not discuss your court case with your child.
  • Do not have negative comments against the other parent to your child. Never argue with them about their other parent.
  • Work on improving your relationship with your child, seek out counseling and other services.

Talking to Your Attorney

The Law Offices of Kelly Petersen Law are here to help. We can assist you with a child custody battle in Utah. We advise you to contact our office to discuss the following:

  • What legal recourses are available for your case.
  • Should you ever discuss your case with your children?
  • What should you do if your child is refusing to go with you?
  • What should you do when your child says negative things about the other parent?
  • Is your child safe?
  • Is there evidence to support parental alienation?

For more information, call our Salt Lake Law Office today.

Kelly Peterson
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Experienced Divorce Lawyer Kelly Peterson handles child custody, visitation, paternity, grandparent rights and mediation cases.

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