If you have children and recently
divorced your spouse or are still fielding your way through the process, you know
how hard it can be and the toll it takes on your family. In some cases,
a parent may attempt to turn the children against their other parent,
which is also known as parental alienation. Parental alienation can be
very harmful, not only for the alienated parent, but for the children
whose bonds with their parent may be irreparably damaged.
The Red Flags
If you are experiencing difficulties with your children, it does not necessarily
mean this is a case of parental alienation. Divorce is challenging for
children to cope with and it is not uncommon for them to act out as a
result of your family’s changing dynamics.
Here are some of the most common red flags that indicate parental alienation
- Your children know too many details of your divorce, no matter how age-inappropriate
they are. As a result, they may see you as responsible for the divorce
or have a negative perception of you.
- Your former spouse makes up a lot of false allegations, including domestic
abuse. Influenced by your ex’s words, your children may begin accusing
you of abusive behavior that never happened.
- Your children are always angry with you and avoid ever admitting to saying
they enjoyed spending time with you.
- Your former spouse gives your children the option of not visiting you or
outright keeps the children away from you in an attempt to damage your
bond with them.
- Your former spouse frequently puts your children in a position where they
must choose between parents.
- Your children use phrases that sound too mature for them and are clearly
borrowed from your ex-spouse.
If you recognize more than a few of these signs, you should consult with
an attorney. Your former spouse must comply with the
child custody order, so if you are missing out on time with the kids due to parental
alienation, do not hesitate to take legal action.
Let Our Compassionate and Experienced Family Law Team Assist You Today!
Your relationship with your children is important to you, so if parental
alienation is occurring, you have every right to be concerned. At the
Law Office of Kathryn Marteeny, our family law team is dedicated to helping
clients navigate some of the most sensitive legal matters. You can rely
on us to ensure the best possible results for your case.
Reach out to our law office today at (713) 936-2300 to set up a consultation with a member of our team.