Parental alienation is when one parent tries to turn a child against their other parent, typically after a divorce. Rather obviously, this is never acceptable, however, it does happen more often than any of us would like to think. If it’s happening to you, read on and reach out to our Union County child custody attorneys to learn more about how we can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How does parental alienation work?
Parental alienation doesn’t always look the same. Sometimes it comes in the form of little, repeated digs against a parent that subconsciously form a child’s opinion about the parent. In other cases, parents will outright bash the other parent to their child or even tell lies about them to make the child turn on the parent. No matter how it looks, parental alienation is always wrong. In fact, studies have shown that parental alienation frequently results in psychological issues in a child, for a number of reasons. To start, a child sees their parent as a part of them, and if they come to hate the parent, they may become self-conscious or resentful of themselves as well. Additionally, it’s common sense to know that having a stable relationship with both parents is always best, and if a child resents one of his or her parents, it will only hurt the child in the long run. Fortunately, there are options on the table to put an end to this behavior.
What should I do if my ex is trying to turn my child against me?
If your ex is trying to turn your child against you, you should first attempt to speak with him or her and ask that they stop immediately for the sake of your child. If this doesn’t work, and often it doesn’t and you can prove that the behavior has persisted, you should consider speaking with our experienced Mountainside family law attorneys at once. Our firm can work to prove to the court that by trying to sabotage your relationship with your child, the other parent isn’t acting in your child’s best interests, thereby violating the core of your child custody agreement. If we can prove as much, you should receive a child custody modification to prevent the other spouse from continuing this destructive behavior. If you have any additional questions or you need an attorney you can trust, simply give us a call today. We are on your side and will fight for your child’s best interests, every step of the way.
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