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. When manipulative behavior is used to cause a child to become estranged from the other parent, this is called parental alienation, and an experienced attorney can educate you about the signs you should be on the alert for.
- Criticizing or badmouthing the other parent
- Shows lack of quilt towards the alienated parent
- Accusations against the targeted parent without cause
- Spying or eavesdropping
When it gets to a point where a child comes to hate, fear or reject the targeted parent as someone unworthy of having a relationship with them, this is called parental alienation syndrome.
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.
Contact a Little Rock parental alienation attorney
The Worsham Law Firm, P.A. provides knowledgeable legal guidance to parents who are victims of parental alienation syndrome. We understand that parents sometimes will do anything to win custody fights, and we are committed to helping you defend your relationship with your child.
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.