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parental undue influence, Illinois family law attorney, undue influence, psychological damage, child custody order, non-custodial visitation, visitation rights, visitation interference, children of divorce, children and divorceSeparation and divorce can emotionally and psychologically impact a child. The way parents treat one another can make a significant difference in how a child processes the parents' separation. In some cases, one parent may choose to take a “scorched earth” approach in attempts to destroy the relationship between the child and the other parent. A parent may even exert undue influence on a child by speaking badly about the other parent to ensure he or she receives sole custody. However, when this happens, the child can be left psychologically scarred. In response, a court may decide to end or severely limit the visitation rights of the offending parent.

Possible Criminal Charges

A parent's undue influence and consistent interference with visitation is known as parental alienation. Although Illinois courts may not use the term “parental alienation,” Illinois law does recognize that a parent can interfere with the other parent's relationship with his or her child. When a parent is guilty of visitation interference, he or she may even face criminal charges. These charges may be filed if a parent keeps or hides a child as a means to interfere with the other parent's visitation or custody rights. In addition, if a parent has a history of interfering, including prior conviction for unlawful visitation interference, he or she may be charged with a Class A misdemeanor. The offending parent's driver's or professional license may also be suspended.

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