SMP Law – What is Custody Reversal?


What is Custody Reversal?


Put simply, custody reversal refers to the removal of children from one parent into the sole custody of the other parent – either temporarily or permanently. This court ordered decision can occur for a variety of reasons, one of them being in severe cases of parental alienation.


This decision tends to occur as a last resort when a parent is not cooperating with any efforts to reintegrate a relationship between a child and an alienated parent. If a judge feels they have tried everything and the parent continues to ignore any directions of the court or professionals, they will consider resorting to a custody reversal in an attempt to ensure the child has a relationship with the alienated parent without the interference of the other parent.


Often this measure is temporary, for example, approximately three months. However, it can be permanent, particularly if the alienating parent does nothing to change their alienating behaviour or if it is in the child’s best interests to remain with the alienated parent.


For more information or questions about custody reversal, feel free to contact SMP Law. Contact us anytime at SMP Law to help SiMPlify your legal matter at 905-565-9494 or email if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment to meet and discuss your situation and how we can help.


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