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Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

707 N. York Street, Suite 201, Elmhurst, IL 60126

DuPage County | 630-852-9700

Mokena | 815-727-6144   Oak Park | 708-848-3159

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DuPage County Parental Alienation Attorneys

Oak Brook Parental Alienation Attorneys

Lawyers in DuPage County for Contentious Divorce Cases Between Parents

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., we realize that divorce can be extremely difficult for everyone involved. Children, in particular, are often affected the most. While adults may become frustrated and overwhelmed by the divorce process, they generally have an idea of what is happening and why. Young children, by comparison, may feel especially confused and helpless because their entire world is changing around them.

In most cases, divorcing parents are attentive to the stress that their divorce is placing on their children, and they take steps to protect the children as much possible. In higher-conflict situations, however, the contentiousness between the parents may lead to one parent saying or doing things that encourage the children to reject the other parent. This is called parental alienation, and it is a serious problem in far too many divorce cases.

Recognizing Parental Alienation in Oak Brook and Villa Park

Parental alienation is sometimes called parental alienation syndrome (PAS), but it is not recognized by the medical or mental health communities as a defined disorder. Instead, it is largely a legal concept that describes an unhealthy dynamic between children and their parents.

At Wakenight & Associates, P.C., our lawyers understand that parental alienation can happen in many different ways. Sometimes, it is blatant and obvious, such as when one parent talks badly about the other parent directly to the child or blames the other parent for abandoning the family while the child can hear what is being said. In other cases, alienation is more subtle. For example, a parent who consistently comes up with excuses for not allowing the other parent to exercise parenting time may be trying to alienate the other parent.

With more than 90 years of combined family law experience, our attorneys recognize that the adversarial nature of many divorce cases will cause some degree of alienation. It is up to the parents, however, to identify the problem quickly and to take steps to keep it from getting worse. If you are going through a divorce and are starting to feel unusually distant from your children, our team can help you rectify the situation.

How Parental Alienation Can Affect a Divorce

When parental alienation is a concern in an Illinois divorce, the court will usually be inclined to address the situation. In doing so, the court will consider how willing each parent is to cooperate—or civilly coexist—with the other to protect the child's interests. The court may order the child and the parents to undergo an evaluation or to participate in therapy programs designed to minimize future alienation. The court may also give the alienated parent additional parenting time with the child so that they can work on rebuilding their relationship.

Trusted Attorneys Protecting Your Rights in Lombard and Hinsdale

While the best interest of children is always a top priority, it is important for you to protect your rights during a divorce as well. If you have been accused of parental alienation, the skilled lawyers at Wakenight & Associates, P.C. will work with you in building a case that safeguards your parental rights without compromising your child's best interests. In some situations, you may feel you have a valid justification for keeping your children away from your spouse, but you should handle this matter through your attorney and the courts. No matter what challenges you may be facing, we can help you determine the best course of action going forward.

Call 630-852-9700 for a Free Consultation

To learn more about our team and our approach to parental alienation cases, contact our office. Call 630-852-9700 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at any of our three convenient locations. We serve clients in Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Lombard, Western Springs, La Grange, Addison, Kane County, DuPage County, and the surrounding areas.

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