Parental Alienation: This Time Proven in a Connecticut Court

I get a stream of complaints about “parental alienation” in Connecticut, the attempt by one parent to minimize or eliminate the other parent’s role with the children. Every year, two or three of these cases come to my attention. Clearly, Connecticut has a problem with parental splitting or even alienating behavior.

The case of Tauck v. Tauck provides court evidence of splitting behavior. Court records show that in 2005 allegations of child molestation were filed against the father; in addition, it was claimed that he had downloaded child pornography onto his laptop computer. During the trial, it was found by Judge Abery-Wetstone that Mr. Tauck could not have downloaded the images because he was out of the country, and the child molestation charges were entirely unsubstantiated.

The damage to children from splitting or alienating behavior is enormous. They are being denied a relationship with their parent. Studies have shown that children without one parent are at much greater risk of behavioral problems, poor school performance and incarceration.

Connecticut judges, DCF, family relations officials need to do a better job of recognizing signs of splitting and alienation. These include:

  • The aggressive parent fails to encourage the child to have a
    relationship with the other parent. Failure to actively promote this important relationship in the child’s life is often the first indication of destructive splitting  behavior to follow.

  • A parent penalizes the child for spending time with the other parent.

  • A parent refuses to allow the child to spend time with the other parent.

  • A child who previously had a positive relationship with a parent refuses further contact.

  • One parent cuts off direct contact between a child and the other parent. Phone calls, letters and emails are unanswered.

  • Protective orders are being used as a tool to prevent visitation.

Judges and other professionals need to make it clear not only at the outset but repeatedly throughout the proceedings that such behavior will not be tolerated. More so, they should question each party as to how they intend to assure the other parent has an equal role in their children’s lives.

Post your experiences with splitting or alienating behavior here. We are particularly interested in hearing from adults who experienced this as children.

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4 thoughts on “Parental Alienation: This Time Proven in a Connecticut Court

  1. We have an extreme case of parental alienation in the Meriden Court system. DCF allegations were made, continual child neglect and brainwashing of the minor child. Not one court order has been followed by the custodial parent to get counseling and reunite the alienated parent. Custodial parent deliberately did not renew childs insurance to avoid getting child into counseling as court ordered. Several documents prove custodial parent is committing perjury and not acting in best interest of child. DCF not stepping up but has been given proof of custodial parent’s continual lies. Motion for Custody from non-custodial parent filed. Custodial parent was ordered to make child see alienated parent but within two days lied again to police and made more derrogatory statements to the child as the non-custodial parent arrived to further anger child and alienate child even more. Child is being emotionally abused, alienated, lied to, neglected and the courts and DCF are not stepping up. What is the new parent alienation law that fines the parent and ultimately makes them lose custoday? We have about 25 times, we’re way ahead of 5 times of her antics and 3 years worth of not one court order being followed by the custodial parent.

  2. Good Morning!

    Is there any enacted law on Parental Alienation in Connecticut? If there is not… I would be more than willing to testify as to my experience with the other party alienating me from my child and my experience to date with the court system here in CT. Like many…. I think we ALL share a common story. Something needs to be done if it has not already. How do you contact the members of this group? I will check back on this site for a response.

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