Parental alienation occurs when a child is in a highly contested divorce and they align themselves with an alienating parent by rejecting their relationship with the target parent. There are three types of alienation: mild, moderate, and extreme. Continue reading to discover the most common forms of parental alienation and what can happen if your former spouse shows signs of alienation. If you believe that your former spouse and co-parent is portraying signs of parental alienation, it is important that you take action as soon as possible. Parental alienation can severely affect your relationship with your child as well as their mental health and trust. Reach out to our experienced family law attorney today to discuss your options. You do not need to go through this process alone. We are here to help.
What are the most common forms of parental alienation?
Parental alienation can come in many forms. It is important to look out for the following actions or patterns if you suspect your former spouse is showing signs of alienation:
- Creating scenarios that frame a co-parent as lesser than or in some cases as less dependable
- Some parents will create a false sense that their child is in danger when under the case of their co-parent
- A parent telling a child lies about a co-parent
- A parent instilling a hatred, fear, or distrust of the other parent or guardian
- A parent telling a child that their co-parent does not care for them, or is otherwise a bad person
- A parent telling a child that their co-parent does not love them
What will happen if my former spouse is showing signs of parental alienation?
If a parent is found to have committed parental alienation, this will often result in the child having to be removed from the alienating parent and placed into the custody of the targeted parent. Alienation is extremely damaging to a child’s mental health. It can often result in anger, trust issues, and a sense of being brainwashed or programmed by their parent. This may even result in the child’s sense of reality being altered. New York courts do not take parental alienation lightly. If you believe that your former spouse is showing signs of alienation, reach out to our experienced family law attorney today to discuss your options.
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