The novel coronavirus has upended life across Michigan, the nation and around the globe. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a statewide stay-at-home order to try to slow the spread of the virus.
Regular readers of our Ann Arbor legal blog will undoubtedly recall that we recently published a post that took a look at Attorney Ashish S. Joshi's "Temporary No-Contact Orders: The Necessary Ingredient for Effective Reunification in Cases Involving Parental Alienation" that was published in the Michigan Family Law Journal. (You can read part one of "Understanding Parental Alienation" here.)
There are few in the world of family law as well-regarded and influential as Attorney Ashish S. Joshi on the subjects of complex divorce and parental alienation. Ann Arbor’s Joshi recently authored “Temporary No-Contact Orders: The Necessary Ingredient for Effective Reunification in Cases Involving Parental Alienation,” published in the Michigan Family Law Journal.
As regular readers of our Ann Arbor legal blog know, we recently published a post on enmeshment – the family dynamic in which personal boundaries and identities become blurred. Enmeshment can make it difficult – if not impossible – for a child to develop their own sense of self because they are focused on “feeling” the emotions experienced by their mother or father.
“Enmeshment” is for many an unfamiliar term, though the concept once explained can be immediately recognizable, especially to those grappling with the phenomenon in a family setting or child custody dispute.
A few years ago, a dedicated group of legal and mental health professionals formed the Parental Alienation Study Group, an international, not-for-profit organization that wants to help the general public, mental health clinicians, forensic practitioners, attorneys and judges understand parental alienation. PASG is also busy developing and promoting research into the causes of parental alienation, as well as prevention, evaluation and treatment methods.
Parental alienation is a phenomenon in which one parent tries to turn the couple's children against the other parent. These extraordinarily difficult divorce and child custody cases put courts to the test here in Michigan, as judges, lawyers and even family members struggle to make sense of disturbing accusations – though false and unfounded – made by a parent and child against the other parent.
For more than 40 years, the Ann Arbor Observer has been keeping its readers in touch with the people and places that make our city an easy place to love and a hard place to leave. Our law firm was recently honored when the Observer included a detailed profile of owner and managing partner Ashish Joshi.
We have seen it happen here in Michigan at the start of every new year: people decide that they have given their marriages enough second chances. For many, the holiday season served as a final attempt to salvage the relationship, but now that yuletide has passed and the lights and tree have been taken down, it’s time to start not only a new year, but a new phase in life.
Regular readers of our Ann Arbor legal blog know that our previous post dove into the legal complexities of parental alienation in divorce. In the Michigan Family Law Journal, attorney Ashish Joshi wrote that parental alienation cases involve “an unjustified campaign of denigration against a parent, often referred to as the 'target parent.'"