Every parent deserves a fair opportunity to have a positive and loving
relationship with their children. Even after a divorce, and after both
spouses move on with their separate lives, children will continue to play
an important role in the spouses’ lives.
However, not all divorces end amiably. When spouses divorce on bad or tenuous
terms, there is a chance that these feelings may transfer onto the children.
Parental alienation is one of the unfortunate effects that may fall out
onto children involved in a divorce.
What Is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation (also known as parental alienation syndrome/disorder)
is destructive behavior that influences a child’s feelings toward
one of the parents. One parent discredits the other parents and sabotages
that parent’s relationship with the child. These actions cause the
child to reject and alienate the parent.
Essentially, the parent is alienated from the child and their relationship
is spoiled because of the other parent’s actions. In some extreme
cases, a parent’s manipulation could cause a child to even hate
the alienated parent.
Identifying Parental Alienation
There are many symptoms of parental alienation. Identifying these signs
early on is vital to stopping serious long-term damage to the parent-child
relationship. Alienation comes in all shapes and sizes—at the slightest
suspicion that some form of parental manipulation is affecting your relationship
with your child, contact a skilled divorce and custody lawyer and discuss
your situation immediately.
Common symptoms of parental alienation include the following:
- Depriving/excluding information on child’s educational, social, and
- Sharing false information on marital relationship with child
- Preventing/interfering with child having contact or visiting with you
- Making major decisions for child without consulting you
- Refusing to let child take possessions to your home
- Defying your authority and supervision and forcing child to choose between parents
Fight Parental Alienation & Protect Your Family!
Some studies suggest that children in as many as 1 in 5 families may suffer
from parental alienation and manipulation. Although parental alienation
is not formerly recognized as a syndrome or a disorder by the American
Psychiatric Association, many Texas courts are prepared to take legal
action to protect children who are clearly in an abusive situation at
the hands of a manipulative or alienating parent.
If you believe your family is being threatened by the manipulative actions
of an alienating parent, contact a skilled family lawyer immediately and
discuss your case.