What Is Parental Alienation?


During a divorce, there are plenty of factors that can cause the parents to become contentious and argue. However, few are more difficult to handle than matters involving parental alienation. There are some instances when parental alienation is present during the divorce and at the end of it, the children are those who are hurt the most.

Parental alienation occurs when one parent attempts to tell the child or children information in order to distance the relationship with the other parent, usually causing the children to feel negatively about that other parent. For instance, if a divorce is only wanted by one side, the other parent may start telling the children incorrect and unnecessary information about the parent who filed for divorce. This is an attempt to build anger or resentment in the children toward the other parent, helping bolster their position in a potential custody battle.

Unfortunately, when this happens, the parent is putting his or her own best interests ahead of those of the children. In most divorces and child custody disputes, the courts will base their decisions on the best interests of the children. When parental alienation is involved and children are made to feel a certain way due to the tactics presented by one parent, it can result in an unfair decision being made.

When a parent has been alienated from his or her children, they may often continue to pursue a bond with the children and they have rights to potentially help them. Courts may notice the efforts and suspect parental alienation as a factor involved in the case due to the behavior displayed. They may look at the evidence to see if it matches the children’s feeling towards the parent or if it is unwarranted resentment.

Parental alienation may cause the children to experience parental alienation syndrome, which can result in changes in behavior. To determine if parental alienation is present, look for your children exhibiting signs of abuse, withheld visitations, violations of the custody agreement, or refusal to visit. The other parent may also interfere with your phone calls or visits in an effort to prevent from the children providing information.

If you are dealing with parental alienation in a divorce, it is important to have skilled legal representation on your side. At Wisselman & Associates, our Long Island parental alienation attorneys will stand by your side and protect your rights to maintain a positive relationship with your children. We have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you resolve this issue in a manner that protects the best interests of your child.

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