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Parental alienation and Alex Jones' child custody dispute

Many New Jersey residents have heard the term "parental alienation," but are uncertain of exactly what it means. Fewer are familiar with the name Alex Jones, and the conspiracy theory website InfoWars that he created and maintains. Jones has made headlines after losing a child custody dispute, and parental alienation may be a primary factor that led to the decision to place his three children back into the care of their mother.

Alex and Kelly Jones have been at odds over the care and custody of their three children for some time, and Alex Jones was granted custody in a prior hearing. Kelly Jones claims that she and the children were subjected to parental alienation at the hands of her former husband. She asserts that her access to the kids was limited, and that when she was able to spend time with them, their behavior toward her was far different from the relationship that they had prior to the divorce.

Kelly Jones has told reporters that while her kids had previously held her hand and told her that they loved her, they began saying that they hated her, and relaying disturbing statements made by their father. Her relationship with them was damaged as a result, and she brought the matter to the attention of the court. The court ruled in her favor, returning the children to her care. Notably, she has issued statements relaying her belief that the children love their father, and should maintain a close connection with him.

That ability to recognize the needs of her children and place them above any distaste that she has for their father may be part of why Kelly Jones was successful in court. The court is tasked with making a decision that is in the best interests of the child or children in the matter, and parents who seem able and willing to promote a loving bond between their kids and the other party often fare better than one who insists that the other parent should have only limited contact with the children. For New Jersey parents who are preparing for a child custody battle, that may be helpful information to consider.

Source: twcnews.com, "Ruling Delayed in Alex Jones' Custody Case; Ex-Wife Speaks Out About Parental Alienation", Carlos Garcia, May 8, 2017

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