Parental alienation not only determines the outcome of your case in many circumstances, but it also has a direct impact on the child involved in the dispute in negative ways. Divorces that are high in conflict are more likely to exhibit parental alienation, which can make or break your case when you put your child in the line of fire. You or your spouse may find it extremely difficult to be civil to one another during this time, but it is especially important to do so for their sake and your own.
How Parental Alienation Occurs
Disparaging and negative comments made about the parent in front of the child can cause alienation, helping them form a negative opinion about a parent. Some examples include a mother who repeatedly tells a child that the other parent does not love them anymore, when one parent tells the child that the other parent does not want to see them, or when one parent openly blames the other parent for the breakdown of the marriage or financial problems. In the most serious cases, a parent may cause emotional distance between the parent and child by encouraging and coaching the child to make false allegations about the other, such as those that constitute physical and emotional abuse.
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS)
Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) forms when a child has experienced such dramatic parental alienation that they are now exhibiting behavioral problems. They may, for instance, have problems adapting socially and emotionally in both their family and school. If your child has been diagnosed with this syndrome due to the effects of the other parent, there may be consequences, especially if the other parent encouraged your child to lie. Some of the effects that you may experience are major effects on the outcome of your case, your child receiving rehabilitative care such as counseling, or psychological diagnoses that could have a direct impact on your child’s life.
Because of these serious family law matters, you should always seek the help of an experienced attorney who can help you in these dire aspects of your case. Parental alienation occurs on both mild to severe levels and we can help you find peace in your case. Call us today for more information on how we can help you.