When Washington married couples who are parents decide to divorce, they must resolve numerous issues pertaining to their children. The court’s ultimate goal is always to make child custody decisions that protect the children’s best interests. Problems may arise, however, if the parents in question disagree about what’s best for their kids. This has been an ongoing problem between former reality TV star Jon Gosselin and his ex wife, Kate.
The Gosselins have eight children together, sextuplets and two single-birthed kids. When the formerly married couple decided to divorce, it sparked a contentious custody battle that has been ongoing for years now. Gosselin recently spoke about his family and accused his ex of parental alienation.
Parental alienation occurs when one parent systematically attempts to turn his or her children against the other parent. In the Gosselin’s case, the kids’ dad says that not only has his ex turned several of his children against him, she has also instigated problems between the siblings. Some of the kids live with their father, and the rest have chosen to stay with their mother. Gosselin says their particular case also includes a guardian ad litem, who is a person appointed by the court and granted authority to act as a third co-parent if needed.
The court does not look favorably upon those who attempt parental alienation during child custody proceedings or even after a court order is in place. If a Washington parent is concerned about these or similar issues, it is a good idea to stay closely connected to an experienced family law attorney. Such an attorney is well-versed in state laws and custody guidelines, and he or she can advocate on behalf of a parent to help protect his or her rights as well as the best interests of the children involved.