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Modern Family Law's compassionate Colorado family law attorneys understand how devastating parental alienation can be. If you are a parent in Colorado and are concerned about the potential for parental alienation, it is important to be proactive in addressing this issue. Our team of experienced Colorado attorneys can help you identify the signs of parental alienation and work with you to develop strategies for preventing it from occurring. Learn about the devasting issue of parental alienation in Colorado below including:

Our experienced Colorado parental alienation attorneys understand that no case is the same. We encourage you to reach out and share the details of your case with them so they can provide you with the guidance you need. We are here to support you and ensure that your relationship with your child is preserved.


Parental alienation refers to a situation in which one parent actively works to undermine the relationship between their child and the other parent. This can take many forms, including speaking poorly of the other parent, withholding affection, or preventing the child from spending time with the targeted parent. In severe cases, the alienating parent may go as far as to brainwash the child into believing that the targeted parent is harmful or unworthy of their love and attention.

Parental Alienation statistics


If you are concerned that you may be the victim of parental alienation, there are several signs to look out for. These include:

  • Your child suddenly resists or refuses to spend time with you
  • Your child speaks negatively about you or expresses a lack of love or affection toward you
  • Your child exhibits extreme loyalty to the other parent, even in situations where it is not warranted
  • Your child displays a sudden and unexplained change in behavior toward you
  • Your child makes false accusations or allegations against you
signs of parental alienation


parental alienation and the Colorado courts

By Colorado law, divorced parents must foster a positive relationship with the child and the other parent. Therefore, when parental alienation cases do come up, the Colorado courts take them seriously. The potential effects of parental alienation were taken into account when state legislators enacted Colo. Rev. Stat. §14-10-124 which states:

“In determining the best interests of the child for purposes of parenting time, the court shall consider all relevant factors, including:

The ability of the parties to encourage the sharing of love, affection, and contact between the child and the other party.”

C.R.S. § 14-10-124

A judge can modify parenting time if they find a parent is hindering the relationship between the child and the other parent.


Parental alienation can have serious and lasting consequences for children. It can cause emotional distress, confusion, and feelings of betrayal. In some cases, it can even lead to mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem. It is important to remember that children have a right to a relationship with both of their parents and that any efforts to undermine this relationship can have serious and lasting effects. Some of these impacts include:

The impacts of parental alienation on children


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Are Some Parents More At Risk For Parental Alienation Than Others?

Some parents may be more at risk for parental alienation than others. Parents who have a history of domestic violence or abuse, or who have unresolved issues related to addiction, mental health, or personal boundaries may be more likely to engage in behaviors that could lead to parental alienation. These characteristics tend to get amplified during highly contested divorces leading to an increased risk of parental alienation.

However, it is important to note that parental alienation can occur in any family dynamic and should not be overlooked or minimized, regardless of the characteristics of the parents involved. Early intervention and therapy can help to mitigate the impact of parental alienation and prevent further harm to the child and the targeted parent.

What Evidence Do I Need To Prove Parental Alienation In Colorado?

Proving parental alienation in Colorado can be a complex process, and the specific evidence required will depend on the unique facts of the case. However, there are a few types of evidence that may be helpful in proving parental alienation:

1. Statements from the child: The child’s own statements about their feelings towards the targeted parent and the reasons for those feelings can be powerful evidence of parental alienation.

2. Records of communication: Communication records between the alienating parent and the child, such as text messages or emails, can demonstrate that the alienating parent has been actively trying to turn the child against the targeted parent.

3. Expert testimony: Expert testimony from a child psychologist or other professional with expertise in parental alienation can be very helpful in explaining the dynamics of the situation and how the behavior of the alienating parent has affected the child.

4. Evidence of previous abuse or neglect: If the alienating parent has a history of abuse or neglect, this can be used as evidence of their inability to provide a healthy environment for the child.

5. Eyewitness account: An eyewitness account of events that may show the alienating parent attempting to undermine the relationship between the child and the targeted parent.

What Happens When A Parent Is Found Guilty of Parental Alienation in Colorado?

In Colorado, when a parent is found guilty of parental alienation, the court will consider a number of factors when determining the appropriate remedy for the situation. The court’s primary concern will be the best interest of the child, and the court will take steps to ensure that the child’s relationship with the targeted parent is preserved and that the child is protected from any further harm.

Some possible outcomes include:

1. Supervised Visitation: The court may order that the alienating parent may only have supervised visits with the child until they complete therapy or an educational program to address their behavior.

2. Parenting Plan: The court may order the creation of a parenting plan that outlines the responsibilities and rights of each parent and provides specific guidelines for how they should interact with the child.

3. Child Custody Modification: The court may order a change in child custody from the alienating parent to the targeted parent if it is deemed in the best interest of the child.

4. Counseling and Therapy: The court may order the alienating parent and the child to attend counseling or therapy to address the issues that have led to the alienation.

5. Contempt of Court: If the court finds that a parent is in contempt of court for failing to comply with a previous court order, the court can impose penalties such as fines or even imprisonment.

If you suspect parental alienation is a factor in your case, it is best to consult with a lawyer with family law experience in Colorado who can guide and help you through the legal process and help you understand your rights and the possible outcome of your case.



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