A thirteen year old boy suffered terribly when his severely alcoholic mother drove him through the middle of a round about, and then forced him to flee the scene with her. The father achieved full custody and placement of the child as a result. Three years later, when the boy was happy, well-adjusted and successfully achieving academic and athletic success at a local private school, the mother filed a motion for shared custody and equal placement of the sixteen year old. Hildebrand Law Firm represented the father through a highly contested process that involved extensive legal briefing and a three day hearing where the mother claimed that her parental rights overrode the child’s wishes to remain solely with the father. She further mounted a charge that the father had engaged in “parental alienation,” a highly controversial psychological theory that holds that parents can essentially brainwash the child into believing that the other parent is evil. Hildebrand Law Firm successfully convinced the court that the child’s wishes, at age 16, should be honored above the mother’s attempts to regain her parental rights to custody and placement.