What is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation is any behavior by one parent that disrupts or gets in the way of a child’s relationship with the other parent. This can be done intentionally or unconsciously, but it can severely impact a child’s relationship with the other parent. Parental alienation forces a child towards one parent, damaging the child’s relationship with the other. This is problematic, as a child should have a loving, thriving relationship with both of their parents, regardless of the parent’s relationship among themselves.
Signs of Parental Alienation
The alienating parent uses the child to get information about the other parent
The alienating parent openly speaks poorly of or blames the other parent for any problems (reason for divorce, dishonesty, etc.)
The alienating parent interferes with the child’s interaction with the other parent (i.e. phone calls, video calls, visitation time)
The alienating parent gives the child a choice about visitation (although the court order does not)
The child gets enraged or refuses to speak or see the targeted parent for no reason at all
The parent who is being targeted by acts of alienation may have difficulty proving this and defending themselves. If you are seeing these signs, it is crucial to act sooner rather than later. Contact our office to speak to an Attorney about your rights. You deserve a healthy relationship with your child. We will help you get there.