Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
After two parties were divorced, the mother took it upon herself to tell her minor daughter that her father had cheated on her during the marriage. The issue was brought to the attention of the trial court and the trial court found that the mother’s conduct had contributed to the child’s alienation from her father which, in turn, caused an interference with the father’s visitation. The trial court held the mother in contempt and ordered her to pay $5,800 in attorneys’ fees incurred by the father as well as $3,700 in counseling fees for the child. The Alabama Court of Civil Appeals upheld the ruling of the trial court.