It is no secret that divorce can get ugly. If you have children, this can further complicate the situation and, in some cases, one spouse may even try to turn the children against their other parent. Parental alienation is not only harmful to the targeted parent, but it is also incredibly damaging to the children who will suffer the loss of a very important bond.
If you feel that your co-parent is alienating you from your children, you may be able to take the matter to court, but it is crucial to collect as much evidence as you can and to document every relevant incident to build up your case.
Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation
It is crucial to know the signs of parental alienation, so you can take appropriate legal action that will protect the relationship you have with your children. Parental alienation is an abusive practice, so you must address it in court to minimize its damaging effects on your children.
Here are the signs you need to look out for:
- Your ex-spouse told your children the details of your divorce: Regardless if it is the truth, your co-parent should never divulge all the details of your divorce to your children, especially when they are very young. Some of the details may be inappropriate, especially if infidelity was involved, and will cause the children unnecessary distress.
- Your ex-spouse speaks negatively about you in front of the kids: If your ex-spouse frequently blames you for the divorce or badmouths you, it can gradually turn your children against you. It may not happen overnight, but you will notice your children exhibiting more anger and resentment toward you.
- Your children express guilt for spending time with you: The more your former spouse makes you look like the bad guy, the more your children will perceive that parent as the good guy. As a result, their time with you might make them feel like they are betraying their parent.
- Your ex-spouse gives your children a choice when it comes to visitation: Both parents are obligated to comply with the custody order. If your former spouse is leaving it up to your children, it will place the burden on them, cause them stress, and put a strain on your relationship with them if they feel like you are forcing them to visit you.
If you have observed any of these signs in your situation, contact an attorney and address the matter in family court.
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If your co-parent is alienating you from your children, reach out to the team at Rech Law, P.C. to protect your parental rights and preserve your relationship with your children. Our team has been assisting families since 2010 and would be honored to assist you.
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