What is Parental Alienation?

Turning A Child Against A Parent

Whether it is intentional, subtle or subconscious, parents can have a great affect on the thinking and decision making of their children after a divorce. This is called parental alienation, and an experienced attorney can educate you about the signs you should be on the alert for.

Creating Distance In A Relationship

Unfortunately, parental alienation is a very common situation. The lawyers at Worsham Law Firm, P.A., are accustomed to seeing this behavior. The worst part of the situation is that the children are caught in the middle of this subversive communication. The courts strongly discourage parental alienation and will severely punish a parent who attempts to influence the children against the other parent.

Children Are Vulnerable To Influence

In many divorce cases, the presence of parental alienation can be a key factor to the determination of child custody. Children of any age are susceptible to the kinds of influence a parent can exert. Parents can attempt to persuade a child that the child would like to spend more time with them by trying to turn the child against the other parent. Alienation or influence can come in many forms, including:

  • Purchasing new toys
  • Purchasing new pets
  • Comments regarding the other parent’s house, free time or significant other
  • Promises of shopping or other fun activities the next time the child visits

These situations can be confusing for the child and frustrating for the other parent. Often, one parent will give a child misinformation with the full design of getting the child on his or her side of any dispute. Our lawyers are very watchful to that behavior and can educate you on how to protect yourself.

Talk To A Lawyer About Your Situation

Talk to one of our family law attorneys if you believe that you may be the target of parental alienation. To make your appointment at our Little Rock office, call 501-228-0668 or 501-490-9379 . You can also write to us online.