Parental alienation is the emotional manipulation of a child by one parent towards the other parent. The goal of parental alienation – whether the offender recognizes it or not – is to manipulate the child’s feelings about the other parent and to eventually push the other parent out of the child’s life. This is done through a series of ongoing actions and statements. For instance, the alienating parent may tell the child that the other parent does not want to see him or her, when in actuality, the cannot because they are working late. Or, the alienated parent may call the child on his or her birthday, and the alienating parent will hang up the phone, and then tell the child later on that the other parent did not call. Eventually, after a long period of this type of emotional manipulation, the child will grow to hate the other parent, and no longer wish to see or speak to him or her.
Because parental alienation can lead to ongoing behavioral and emotional issues in a child (issues that can extend into the child’s adulthood), it is imperative that it is dealt with right away. Legal intervention is the best way to nip such behavior in the bud. If you are dealing with parental alienation, contact the Joliet attorneys at Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. right away.
Though parental alienation is not formally recognized as a mental disorder, it has been proven to have a lasting negative impact on a child’s well being. With enough time, parental alienation can succeed in pushing a parent out of a child’s life, essentially leaving the child “without” a mom or a dad. Not only do studies suggest that dual parenting is better than single parenting (Science Daily), but also, a child-victim of parental alienation has to forever live with the belief that the alienated parent “did not want them.” Such feelings of rejection at such a young age can lead to relationship issues and ongoing behavioral disorders.
Though you may not know exactly what is going on at the other parent’s home or what is being said, you can spot alienation by the following behaviors:
If you notice any of these symptoms, your worst fears may have been realized, as you may be the target of parental alienation.
A manipulative parent can use a number of techniques to manipulate a child’s feelings about the other parent. However, some techniques that your former spouse might use include:
If you fear that you are the target of parental alienation, it is imperative that you seek legal intervention right away. The courts frown immensely upon parents whom bad-talk the other in front of the child, but because parental alienation is much worse than back talk, they may suspend the other parent’s parenting time altogether, or order supervised visitation. Though parental alienation syndrome is not an officially recognized disorder, the courts recognize the harm it causes, and are swift to take action to end it. To end the emotional manipulation of your child, contact the law firm of Sabuco, Beck, Hansen & Massino, P.C. at 815-730-8860 today.
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