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A family therapist is being assigned to our family. My exs

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A family therapist is being assigned to our family. My ex's attorney wants a specific therapist appointed who I already know is pre-alligned with him and in my initial dealings with him dishonest.

There is alienation of affection going on in this case and I need a person trained in this. My ex's attorney is arguing that the therapist he wants lives closer to my ex husband's house than the one I suggested. We are talking about a six more minute drive.

It is going to be emotional suicide for my kids and myself if we do not go with someone specialized in alienation of affection and honest.

I have a hearing this Monday on the issue before the judge.

If she does not agree, I am wondering if I can take an appeal on this decision.

We have a court hearing in July which is when my ex's attorney wants the issue heard.

My question is if the judge does not go along with my suggestion, when would be the best time to appeal this decision-- after Monday or after the hearing in July?

In July I can have an expert come in that I have hired who can testify why a person trained in alienation of affection is vital to the case.

Would my appeal have more weight after his testimony?

Thank you
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

The first thing you need to realize here is that alienation of affection is not recognized by the courts in CT. An action for intentional infliction of emotional distress cannot be maintained where underlying claim for alienation of affection is not actionable and emotional distress is the alleged consequence of same acts causing child to separate from parent. See: Bouchard v. Sundberg, 80 Conn.App. 180, 834 A.2d 744 (Conn. App., 2003).

In fact, the courts in CT do not even recognize Parental Alienation Syndrome. See: Snyder v. Cedar, No. NNH CV01 0454296 (CT, 2006).

Thus, you will have to base your argument on something else, which means comparing the CV of the therapist your ex is suggesting to the CV of the one you are suggesting and argue that your therapist specializes in and has more experience with child custody issues.

You can appeal the choice of therapist as it is a final order in the case should you disagree and you should appeal immediately. Additionally, even if the ex's therapist is chosen, you can still take the children to another expert therapist and then use their testimony to challenge the credibility of your ex's expert.

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