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Parenting time being violated? It could be parental alienation

There are many serious matters that must be addressed during a divorce, but for Massachusetts parents, none may be quite so important as child custody. Tensions can easily run high as parents try to figure out how parenting time factors into their child custody agreement. Unfortunately, some parents take things too far, and begin alienating the other parent.

Parental alienation is an understandable fear that is dealt with by many who divorce. While most parents have their children's best interests in mind, some ex-spouse's use their children as pawns during child custody proceedings. Unfairly turning a child against another parent is a serious concern that requires swift movement, as this type of alienation often leads to withheld visitation rights.

Losing access to a child you once saw on a daily basis is devastating. Because of the unfair actions of an ex, your child may be hurting just as badly. Whether your ex was able to convince a judge that you should only be allowed limited visitation or simply denied access to your child, you can take action with the Massachusetts family law court to reassert your parental rights.

Time with your child is precious. Depending on your situation, you may seek a modification of your current child custody arrangement. However, in instances of alienation when parenting time has been wrongly violated, it is usually necessary to pursue contempt orders against an ex. Successfully demonstrating that an ex-spouse wrongly denied access to your child can help ensure that your future parenting time is protected.

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