5 Important Questions to Ask Your Divorce Attorney

If you’re getting ready to meet with a divorce attorney for the first time to discuss your case, it’s normal to feel nervous and even intimidated; starting the divorce process is a significant step. Don’t worry; the right divorce attorney will be ready to answer all your questions and will carefully help you navigate through the case proceedings.  

Before your consultation, it may help and put your mind at ease to prepare some questions to determine if they are the right attorney for you.    

Five Key Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Attorney Before Hiring Them:

1. What Do You Need to Know About Me?

It can be difficult to know where to begin as you discuss your marriage and your desire for a divorce. Therefore, ask the attorney what information you need to share. Then, the lawyer can guide you through the process of telling your story and identifying the issues you want to address during this first meeting.

2. What Can I Expect the Divorce Process to be Like?

Most people do not think about the divorce process until matters at home become unbearable. Therefore, it is common to have many questions regarding how you obtain a divorce in either New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Each divorce case is unique. However, there are basic steps involved in all divorce actions. A divorce lawyer can explain each step of the divorce process in terms that are easy for you to understand. Having a general understanding of what to expect when you file for divorce can ease the stress and fear of taking the first steps to end your marriage.

3. How Much Experience Do You Have Handling Divorces? 

This is one of the most important questions you should ask a prospective attorney. Do they specialize in divorce and family law matters, or are they just one part of their practice? How many years have they been handling divorces? Are they a board-certified specialist in divorce?

The lawyer’s experience level is especially critical when your case is more complex, such as those involving child custody disputes, high net worth individuals, or a significant income disparity between the parties. An attorney not well versed in family law may drop the ball negotiating a settlement or, worse yet, in the courtroom. A poor outcome from hiring an inexperienced or inadequate attorney to handle your divorce will often result in long-term, negative consequences for you.

4. Will You Handling my Case Personally or Pass it Off to Someone Else at Your Firm?

You may meet a divorce attorney whose personality and style you really like. You may “click” with this person and look forward to working with them through your divorce proceedings.

So, what happens when you find out that you are actually not going to work directly with this attorney but rather with a junior partner or associate from their firm? This can naturally be frustrating. To avoid this, we recommend simply verifying that the attorney you speak with is the one who will be doing the bulk of the work on your case and that they are the person with whom you will be directly communicating with throughout the process.

5. What Are My Next Steps?

After you discuss the above questions, your last question addresses what to do next. If you are ready to pursue a divorce, the lawyer explains the attorneys’ fees and cost of retaining the law firm.

The attorney may also give you specific instructions regarding what you should do, such as remain in the marital home, gather documents, prepare to move out of the home, etc. The steps will depend on the circumstances of your situation.

If you are not ready to hire a divorce lawyer, the attorney may offer suggestions for how you can protect your rights and your best interests as you consider your next step.

Contact Our Office Today For a Consultation With Our Expert NJ Divorce Lawyer!

When going through a divorce, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to guide you through the process. Attorney Blake W. Rush at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush has more than 17 years of experience representing spouses in both amicable and contested divorces throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania and has been board-certified as a Matrimonial Law Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. 

Give our firm a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

Prenuptial Agreement FAQs

From the New Jersey prenuptial agreement attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, here are some of our most frequently asked questions about prenup agreements and their answers:

Q: What is a prenuptial agreement?

A prenuptial agreement, also referred to as a prenup, is a legal contract you and your future spouse agree to sign before legally getting married, stating what exactly will happen to the joint finances and assets in the event of a divorce. The prenuptial agreement will detail the various assets and debts each individual has and then specify each person’s rights to those properties in the event the marriage ends. The prenup will also include any other mutual agreements reflecting your objectives and values about the marriage and possible divorce. 

Q: Do I need a prenuptial agreement?

If you are planning to get married, you should consider and talk about getting a prenup. Unfortunately, many marriages end in divorce, and more often than not, they are messy and fueled by anger or sadness. A thoughtfully drafted prenup ahead of the wedding can create a smoother, less complex divorce process if it comes down to it. Getting a prenuptial agreement will be the least fun part of your wedding planning, so discuss and execute one early after the engagement. 

Q: Are prenuptial agreements only for the very rich?

No; prenuptial agreements are for any couple planning to get married, regardless of their current wealth status and assets. One of the key parts of a prenup is the detailed instructions for how you both wish your accumulated assets will be divided in the event of divorce or death. Prenups can also list other important decisions, such as seeking mediation and arbitration or an agreement to not seek alimony in the event of separation.

Q: If my fiancé asks me to sign a prenuptial agreement, does it mean they do not trust me?

Many couples reject even the thought of getting a prenup as it kills the romance and excitement surrounding a wedding and could signal a lack of trust or faith in the relationship. Though prenuptial agreements aren’t romantic per se, they can be an important and impactful part of getting ready for marriage. Prenups spark candid conversations about the fiance’s expectations with a life-long commitment that can lead to a strengthened bond ahead of the wedding. 

Q: Does a prenuptial agreement mean I won’t get alimony?

You and your future spouse can decide what will be listed in your prenuptial agreement. This can include a guaranteed amount of alimony, alimony for a fixed period of time, or none at all; it’s up to you.

Q: Does my fiancé need a prenuptial agreement attorney too?

It is recommended that each party gets advised by their own prenup attorneys. Each of you should have a thorough understanding of prenups terms and their consequences (if broken) before signing. When you and your future spouse have your individual attorneys, it is easier to guarantee that both of your thoughts and wishes are being addressed during the process. 

Contact the Law Office of Blake W. Rush today for a consultation to learn more about prenuptial agreements.

If you are looking to set up a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse, our team can help. Here at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, we proudly represent our clients with all family law matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

7 Tips For Preparing Your Finances For Divorce

Unfortunately for some couples, no amount of counseling and work can save the marriage, and parting ways and starting anew is the best option. When this decision is made, there’s plenty to process and prepare yourself for, as divorces can be emotionally and financially draining. 

Untangling your and your spouse’s money may be a messy process. So, to stay prepared and to protect yourself, one of the best things you can do is get your finances in order.

From the divorce law experts at The Law Office of Blake W. Rush, here are seven ways to ready your finances ahead of your NJ divorce:

Gather All Your Documents

When planning for a divorce, one of the first things on your checklist should be to find and gather all the required documentation and files your divorce lawyer will need, especially for your finances. Some documents to consider include: 

  • Checking and savings account statements
  • Retirement account statements
  • Investment account statements
  • Credit card statements
  • Recent pay stubs
  • Income tax returns
  • Ledgers for any loans
  • Lists of assets and debts brought into the marriage and accumulated throughout

Gathering everything can take some time, so don’t hesitate to get started. 

Be Prepared For Resistance From Your Spouse

In amicable divorces, there is usually a free exchange of information, including financial records and data. However, there are many cases, especially among feuding couples, where one spouse refuses to reveal financial details and release the needed documents until they are legally forced to do so. Even if your relationship with your future ex-spouse seems cordial, be prepared for difficulties when discussing finances during separation. To stay prepared, collect your documents as soon as possible and speak with your attorney about court-ordered options.  

Take Inventory of Your Assets

As mentioned above, it’s important to note all the assets you have individually and accumulated with your spouse. Your assets should include anything you owned prior to the marriage, such as property, inheritances, and gifts. Make another list of all the assets you and your spouse have together.  

Open Your Own Accounts

As soon as you believe a separation or divorce is impending, open your own financial accounts– this may include checking and savings accounts and a debit or credit card in your name only. To ensure your information stays private, think about opening an account at a different bank you’ve used with your spouse. Doing so gives you security over your own money and provides you the opportunity to start building your finances and strengthen your credit score, which will help you post-divorce.

Track Your Expenses

As most people know, divorces can be costly, so when preparing for your divorce, consider carefully tracking your spending and utilizing a budget. Examine your income and regular expenses, and determine how much you need to spend and save. This will help you ensure you are prepared for the potential financial strain of a divorce and ready for your new, single life.  

Avoid Major Financial Decisions

Though getting a jump start on adjusting to being single may be tempting, it’s best to wait before making major financial changes or decisions until your divorce is complete. Major spending during the divorce proceedings could raise a red flag and cause the judge to award more to your spouse.  

Get Advice From The Right Source

Divorce laws in the U.S. vary from state to state, so avoid getting one-size-fits-all advice regarding finances and your divorce. The best way to be prepared and get the correct information is to work with an expert divorce attorney in your state– they can give you all the advice and legal aid you need through every step of your divorce. 

Contact Our Office Today For a Consultation With Our Expert NJ Divorce Attorneys!

When going through a divorce, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to guide you through the process. The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush have more than 16 years of experience representing spouses in both amicable and contested divorces throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.  

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

What Are The Costs for a New Jersey Divorce?

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It’s no secret that the costs of a divorce may add up over time. However, being prepared and knowing where these costs are coming from at the start can better prepare you and your finances for the divorce process. 

Here are some of the costs you can expect when getting a divorce in New Jersey:

Filing

The first fee you will encounter for your divorce is when you file. The New Jersey Court has a $300 fee for filing your papers to officially start the divorce process, also known as the “complaint.” However, if you have kids, there is an additional $25 Parent Education Registration fee. 

Process Server

For divorce, it is required that the person who files alerts the other party to their intent for divorce and gives them the required paperwork. If your spouse is not located nearby, is difficult to reach, is aggressive, etcetera, you may need to hire a process server; their job is to deliver the court papers to your spouse on your behalf. 

It will be an additional cost to you outside of the courts. Your documents must be served within 120 days after your complaint has been filed; otherwise, your case will be dismissed, and you’ll need to restart the filing process.  

Divorce Attorney

In a divorce that will go through the court system, a New Jersey divorce attorney is needed to represent you and guide you through all matters of the divorce process. An attorney only represents one spouse and will work to attain the most favorable outcome possible for their client. Divorce attorneys will typically charge by the hour and will require an initial retainer fee. 

The cost for your divorce attorney’s services will range based on the complexity of your case and the time it takes to resolve the matter. And just like other services, some attorneys may charge more than others. To make sure you’re working with the right, expert attorney, schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.  

Contact Our Office Today For a Free Consultation With Our Expert NJ Divorce Attorneys!

When going through a divorce, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to guide you through the process. The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush have more than 16 years of experience representing spouses in both amicable and contested divorces throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania. For quality law services at reasonable rates, the Law Office of Blake W. Rush is the firm to turn to.

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

Summer Vacation and Child Custody: What You Need To Know

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Summer is the time that every child looks forward to; a well-deserved break from school, fun with friends at camp, or maybe even a vacation with mom or dad. For separated parents, however, the summer season can be difficult when managing child custody and the change in routine schedule.  

Understanding Child Custody Agreements in New Jersey For The Summer Season 

Because of the difficulty among separated and divorced parents in fairly managing summertime custody, the agreements are typically decided by the courts and specifically defined in the documents. New Jersey law equally considers both parents’ time for the summer season. 

Parenting schedules and vacation time are almost always specifically spelled out in a marital settlement agreement or court order. As a result, the agreement or order will discuss the parenting schedule for the summer months while the kids are out of school. For example, it is typically customary in New Jersey for each parent to receive two non-consecutive weeks of summer vacation time with their children each year. 

Regarding vacations and trips, each parent must generally provide advance notice and an itinerary to the other parent. Moreover, priority for vacation weeks often goes to the party who notifies the other party first. Outside of those two weeks of vacation time for each parent, the regular parenting schedule would then apply for the remainder of the summer. However, in some cases, agreements or orders may provide that parents will equally divide the entire summer with their children, either through alternating weeks of custody or some other rotating schedule. 

Work With The Right Child Custody Attorney in New Jersey

One of the best ways to be certain that there are no potential issues with your parenting time is by hiring the right lawyer. Working with an experienced and knowledgeable child custody attorney helps ensure your custody agreement thoroughly details the parenting schedule for your children’s summer vacation. 

The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush always ensure that the custody agreement is highly detailed and addresses common issues such as parenting time schedules, transportation, summer vacation, phone contact, extra-curricular activities, etc., that parents are likely to encounter as their children grow older. 

Contact our office today for a consultation with our expert child custody lawyer!

If you are seeking to obtain custody or visitation rights or need to enforce or modify your existing custody rights, we can help. At the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, representing clients in custody matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania is our legal team’s specialty.  

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800, or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

Why Should I Choose a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney For My Divorce?

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Matrimonial or family law matters, whether it be divorce, child custody, alimony, etc., are complex, lengthy, and expensive processes to finalize. To ensure the best results for your case, you need an expert attorney on your side. 

When looking for a family law attorney in New Jersey, if you want to be certain you are hiring the best and most qualified lawyer for you and your family, choose a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney.  

What is a New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney?

A New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney is a lawyer practicing matrimonial law that has been granted this official designation by the New Jersey Supreme Court. This honor is given to attorneys who have demonstrated a specific skill set and expertise in various family law matters for a diverse clientele, providing superior services and care for their clients.  

To obtain this certification, an attorney needs to have:

  • Practiced matrimonial law for at least five years
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the field
  • Completed continuing legal education courses
  • Obtained favorable evaluations from fellow attorneys and judges they have worked with
  • Passed a lengthy written exam

This rigorous certification process is why so few qualify to be a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney and why they are considered to be experts. 

The Importance of a Certified Matrimonial Certification

Out of approximately 80,000 registered attorneys in New Jersey, many of them practicing matrimonial law, there are fewer than 150 attorneys who have been found to be qualified for board certification by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. By choosing a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, you are working with a lawyer who has been recognized by the highest legal authority in the state of New Jersey as one of the elite 2% in their field. 

Attorney Blake W. Rush is one of the few select attorneys who have achieved this rare distinction of being a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney. When you turn to a Certified Matrimonial Attorney, rest assured you’re working with an expert and will receive the highest level of legal service for your case.  

What Does a Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney Do?

New Jersey attorneys that are certified in matrimonial law are given this certification for their expertise in a variety of family law matters, including: 

  • Divorce
  • Child custody
  • Child support
  • Alimony
  • Adoption 
  • Mediation and dispute resolution
  • Prenuptial agreements and postnuptial agreements
  • Division of debts and assets
  • Domestic partnerships and civil unions 
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post-judgment relief

If you’re looking for a New Jersey Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney, contact our office for a consultation!

When it comes to family law matters, you need an attorney who’s an expert and that you can trust. Attorney Blake W. Rush is a NJ Certified Matrimonial Law Attorney with extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of matrimonial law. 

Ready to discuss your case with our team? Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

 

7 Signs It Might Be Time To Get a Divorce

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Only two people know for certain when your relationship is over: You and your partner. However, it may be easier to see the warning signs of divorce when looking from the outside rather than within. Often, family and friends can see if divorce is imminent before you do. 

If you need some guidance on whether your relationship could be on the verge of breaking, there are some universal signs that can help you with your decision going forward.  

From the expert divorce attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, here are some signs that you should get a divorce:

Physical or Emotional Abuse in the Home

Domestic violence takes many forms: Physical, verbal, emotional, and financial. At the end of the day, it’s essential to feel safe and comforted in your marriage, and if you do not feel this way, it may be time to seek help and speak with a divorce attorney*. 

Infidelity

For many, when your spouse is having an affair, that is the end of the marriage right there. Infidelity typically starts when the spouse feels unconfident and unhappy with their marriage. Some couples are able to work through the cheating, with some ending in divorce in the long term, anyways. 

Lack of Trust

Trust is considered one of the most crucial foundations to a happy and successful marriage: You must trust your spouse to be committed, support you, respect you, and make decisions in the best interest of your marriage and family. Once trust has been broken or is waning, it can be difficult to repair, and lead to divorce.

Poor Communication

Like trust, communication is another important pillar to keep a marriage strong. Without proper communication, it is impossible to solve problems, set and work toward goals, and strengthen your relationship. If a partner is unwilling to communicate or improve their skills, you may want to consider the option of divorce. 

Lack of Intimacy 

Being intimate with a partner, physically and emotionally, is an important part of growing and connecting in a relationship and a marriage. When you become emotionally disengaged, you start to lose empathy, care, and concern for your partner’s well-being; this can also affect your physical connection.  

Increased Interest in Activities Away From Home

There is nothing wrong with taking the time to explore and enjoy your hobbies or interests, whether it be on your own or with your partner. However, when a spouse starts to focus more on their interests outside of their marriage, it could be a sign that they are unhappy in the relationship. 

Refusal to Resolve Issues

Every couple experiences disagreements and issues; however, some struggle with these conflicts more than others. Sometimes, couples even turn to counseling for guidance to amicable and effectively work toward conflict resolutions. If either spouse refuses to work through issues at home or with the help of a counselor, it may be time to speak with a family law attorney about beginning the divorce process.  

Contact Our Office Today For a Consultation With Our Expert NJ Divorce Attorneys!

When going through a divorce, you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side to guide you through the process. The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush have more than 16 years of experience representing spouses in both amicable and contested divorces throughout New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania.  

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

 

*For anonymous, confidential help, 24/7, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, or text START to 88788.

Does Child Support Continue When a Child Goes to College?

When Does Child Support End in New Jersey?

Most divorced/separated parents in New Jersey with minor children become familiar with the New Jersey Child Support Guidelines and a parent’s obligation to pay child support on behalf of their child. In short, child support is financial support paid to the other parent to assist them with maintaining a household for a child. While child support is intended to cover a wide range of expenses associated with raising a child, future college costs are not considered part of a Guidelines-based child support amount. 

For most families, the prospect of paying for the ever-increasing cost of college these days is a daunting task. If you are a divorced or separated parent with a child headed to college, you may be wondering, “Does child support continue when a child goes to college?” and, “Will I be required to contribute toward their education as well?” The attorneys at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush have the answer for you:

Understanding New Jersey Child Support College Laws

A child support obligation continues until that child is emancipated. Under New Jersey law, a child is not automatically emancipated upon turning 18 years old and child support continues until the age of 19, but can be extended to the age of 23 if specific criteria are met, including your child attending college. 

While child support often continues while a child is attending college, parents may also be responsible for paying a portion of their child’s college education costs. However, once contribution toward a child’s college costs is considered, the obligation to pay child support may shift depending on the costs involved, the financial needs of the child, and the financial circumstances of the parents. A parent may be obligated to pay child support and not compelled to contribute to college, or be called upon to contribute to college and not pay child support, or do both.

Determining Parental Responsibility For College Payments in New Jersey

The leading case regarding a parents’ responsibility toward a child’s college expenses was decided in Newburgh v. Arrigo, where the New Jersey Supreme Court held that “the privilege of parenthood carries with it a duty to assure a necessary education”. The Newburgh decision then set forth several factors that a Court must consider in determining a parent’s college contribution following a divorce/separation, including:

  • Whether the parent, if still living with the child, would have contributed toward the costs of the requested higher education.
  • The amount of the contribution sought by the child for the cost of higher education.
  • The ability of the parent to pay that cost.
  • The financial resources of both parents and the child.
  • The relationship of the requested contribution to the kind of school or course of study sought by the child.
  • The commitment to and aptitude of the child for the requested education.
  • The availability of financial aid in the form of college grants and loans.
  • The child’s relationship to the paying parent, including mutual affection and shared goals as well as responsiveness to parental advice and guidance.

Like other child support payments, the Courts consider a child’s financial needs and goals while also ensuring that the parent doesn’t pay more than what is reasonable and fair under the circumstances. 

Contact our office today for a consultation with our expert child support lawyer!

For all areas of family law, including child support payments, our expert attorneys are here to help. Here at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, we represent clients in custody matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

I’m Getting Married. Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

Thousands of couples choose to secure their relationship with marriage, but only some decide to sign a prenuptial agreement before the big day. 

From the team at The Law Office of Blake W. Rush, here’s what you need to know about prenuptial agreements in New Jersey if you plan to get married soon:  

What is a Prenuptial Agreement?

A prenuptial agreement, also referred to as a prenup, is a legal contract you and your partner agree to sign before legally getting married, stating what exactly will happen to the finances and assets (while you are married) in the event of a divorce. As well, when setting up a prenup, you and your future spouse have the opportunity to understand what legal rights you obtain and lose when you’re married. 

In the prenuptial agreement, you will list the various assets and debts each individual has and then specify what each person’s rights are to those properties in the event the marriage ends. 

Some of these assets include: 

  • Homes and other real estate
  • Investment accounts
  • Business assets
  • Foreign assets
  • Trusts 
  • And more

When To Get a Prenuptial Agreement in New Jersey

Someone should consider getting a prenuptial agreement in New Jersey with their future spouse if there are significant assets they wish to protect. Some of the situations where prenups are recommended include: 

  • If you were previously married
  • If you have children from a prior relationship
  • If you are the beneficiary of a trust
  • If you own a business
  • If you anticipate inheriting or receiving a significant inheritance
  • If you have significantly more assets than your partner
  • If you earn significantly more income than your partner
  • If your partner has a substantial amount of debts
  • If you have concerns about your privacy

Couples who choose to get a prenuptial agreement in New Jersey typically find themselves litigating and debating in court during a divorce far less than those who forgo a prenup. Legally predetermining how each partner’s assets will be divided or kept before the marriage can prevent lengthy, expensive, and difficult legal battles.  

Contact our office today for a consultation to learn more about prenuptial agreements!

If you are looking to set up a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse, our team can help. Here at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, we proudly represent our clients with all family law matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania. 

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.

5 Warning Signs of Parental Alienation

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No parent wants to think about losing their relationship with their child, but after a divorce or custody battle, this can become a reality for some when your ex turns your child against you and swift corrective action is not taken. 

Parental alienation occurs when one parent tries to undermine the other parent’s parental role and authority to the point of making the child not want to see or communicate with that parent.. Sometimes referred to as brainwashing, programming, or alienating, parental alienation is a serious matter that can lead to parental alienation syndrome (PAS), which is used to describe the child’s behavior as a response to such actions and brainwashing. 

From the team at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, here are five warning signs that parental alienation may be occurring:  

1. Your ex is being secretive.

If your ex isn’t sharing information about your child, this is a sign of concern. For example, if they refuse to share school reports, medical information, successes and failures, likes and dislikes, and other important things about your child, you may, as a result, become less involved in their life.

2. Your communication is being interfered with. 

With parental alienation, your ex may interfere with how you communicate with your child. They may attempt to monitor and insert themselves into all phone calls, text messages, and interactions you two have. 

3. Your ex interferes with your plans to see your child. 

Your ex may try to interrupt your time with your child. In some instances, your ex may plan special activities that are hard for a kid to resist at times you are meant to be with them, making it hard to compete with. 

4. Your agreed-upon parenting plan or contract is not being followed.

Typically, legal contracts and personal agreements among co-parents are made to determine which parent will be responsible for the child for the day and how they will be raised. If you notice your ex isn’t abiding by your previous agreements or is being inflexible, parental alienation may be occurring.   

5. You notice behavior changes in your child. 

One of the most important signs of parental alienation will be seen with your child‘s behavior. Some examples of parental alienation syndrome include: 

  • Your child is unfairly and falsely criticizing you without any justification.
  • Your child doesn’t admit where their criticisms are coming from.
  • Your child is very negative, sad, angry, or spiteful toward you. 
  • Your child shows no signs of guilt or empathy when they are being mean and hurtful toward you. 
  • Your child’s hatred or distrust extends beyond you to other family members and friends. 

Contact our office today for a consultation with our expert custody lawyer!

If you are experiencing any of the above circumstances affecting your relationship with your child and need to enforce or modify your existing custody rights, we can help. Here at the Law Office of Blake W. Rush, we represent clients in custody matters throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  

Give us a call at (903) 713-9800 or visit our website to contact us and learn more about how we can help you.