Indiana parents like you often go through a rough patch post-divorce. After all, it is hard to adjust to the “new normal” of life in a split household. Unfortunately, some people can let this rough patch get to them and you can suffer dire consequences because of it.
Such is the case with parental alienation. But you are not the one one to suffer. Your child will, too.
Mild signs of parental alienation
The Psychiatric Times looks at parental alienation symptoms. Parental alienation is a malicious act by a co-parent. They intentionally try to drive a wedge between you and your child, turning them against you. They employ manipulative tactics to do so. Because of this, many courts categorize parental alienation as a form of child psychological abuse.
If your child is suffering from parental alienation, you are likely to notice signs. Depending on the severity of the alienation, you have have trouble picking up on them at first. In mild cases, children tend to show reluctance toward spending time with you. They may kick up a fuss. But once they are actually in your care, these concerns seem to dissipate and they enjoy their time.
Spotting moderate and severe cases
In moderate cases, a child may behave in a more aggressive way. Even after spending time with you, they could still be on edge and show displeasure with the situation. In extreme cases, a child will show open hostility and vitriol. They may actively blame you for their misery. Nothing you do can cheer them up and they are not happy until they leave. The most important factor in all cases is that the hostility comes quickly and out of nowhere, with no triggering event.
It is easiest to counteract parental alienation when it is still in mild stages. If you notice any of these signs, consider contacting a legal professional to discuss your options moving forward.