When one parent attempts to interfere with the other parent's visits, or hurt their image in the eyes of their child(ren) that in short is alienation. The result is an increased amount of animosity and a lessening of the contact between the child(ren) and the parent who is the target of the alienating acts. Children are susceptible to the opinions and beliefs of their parents and if they're told that mom or dad is mean or uncaring or doesn't really want to spend time with them it can have a profound effect.
What are some common characteristics of a parent who is practicing in parental alienation?
For starters, it can often be an act of omission rather than commission- as in not telling the other parent important updates regarding extracurricular activities, doctors appointments, or school happenings. On the other end of the spectrum, some alienating parents will "over share" regarding what is happening in the marital relationship. This can include blaming the other parent or their family for causing the failure of the marriage.
Not consulting with the other parent when making important decisions is another tell tale sign of alienation occurring. This may play hand in hand in not communicating all of the details of a doctor's appointment or educational decision that is upcoming or needing to be made. This can plant the seed in the child's mind that if one parent isn't aware of what is happening in their life that parent just doesn't care.
What can be done to prevent parental alienation?
Seeking a modification of custody is one method in order to remove your child from an unhealthy situation into a more neutral one. An enforcement action can be started as well in order to force your former spouse to abide by the terms of the court orders on visitation, possession or access to the child.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Bryan Fagan are ready and able to assist you and your family with any ongoing alienating acts by a current or former spouse. When it comes to the health and well being of your parent-child relationship our experience can be the difference between maintaining that relationship and allowing it to dissolve into disrepair.
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