One the unhealthiest behaviors that sometimes arises from divorce is parental alienation. It occurs when one parent psychologically manipulates a child against another parent. In some cases, the offending parent may wield fear, disrespect or hostility against the child’s other parent in order to cement the alienation. If you believe that you and your child may be the victims of parental alienation, consult with a Monterey family law attorney about how to handle the situation.
Here are some of the most common signs that parental alienation is occurring:
- Child requests the parent not be present for events — If your son or daughter suddenly starts telling you to stay home from soccer games, dance recitals, and other special events, alienation may be the culprit.
- Requesting information from the child on the other parent’s personal life — Your child should never be used or manipulated to get “dirt” on you or your personal life. If your child start asking for information about your personal life, it may be at the request of your ex-spouse.
- Forcing a child to choose which parent they want to visit — Both parents are an important part of a child’s life. Neither you nor your spouse should ever force your son or daughter to choose which parent they want to visit.
- Blaming parent for financial struggles and other changes in lifestyle in front of child — Your child deserves to have a healthy relationship with both of their parents. Never talk badly about your child’s other parent in front of him or her. Disparaging remarks can impact your child’s relationship with their other parent.
- Making false and dangerous allegations of violence, sexual abuse drug/alcohol abuse, and other illegal activities — Divorce is hard, especially when children are involved. However, no matter how negatively you may feel about your ex, never make false or dangerous allegations about violence, sex abuse, or substance abuse. Not only are such remarks slanderous, but they can have real world consequences.
Family law requires counsel that is both experienced and sympathetic. Before navigating the legal system alone, consult with a skilled family law attorney.
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Giuliano Law handles the most delicate family law matters with the utmost professionalism and sensitivity. If you need help with a parental alienation issue, parenting plan violation, or other family law matter, call (831) 257-8685 or contact us online to discuss your case with an experienced attorney.