Signs you may be dealing with parental alienation

On Behalf of | Jun 27, 2024 | Children And Divorce/Child Custody, Family Law And Divorce

Going through a divorce is often a difficult process, especially when children are involved. Parental alienation can complicate the situation further. 

Parental alienation occurs when one parent attempts to manipulate a child to turn against the other parent. It impacts the child’s relationship with them. Understanding the signs of parental alienation can help you address this issue promptly.

Behavioral changes in your child

A significant indicator of parental alienation is noticeable behavioral changes in your child. They might show an unreasonable amount of anger or rejection towards you. This mirrors the negative feelings expressed by the other parent.

If your child begins to refuse visits or consistently makes unfounded accusations against you, these could be signs of alienation.

Communication restrictions

Another sign is when the other parent restricts communication between you and your child. This could include not passing on messages, blocking phone calls, or making it difficult for you to spend time with your child. 

If you see that it’s hard for you to talk to your child, parental alienation might be happening.

Manipulative tactics

The alienating parent may employ manipulative tactics to influence the child’s perception of you. This can include bad-mouthing, sharing inappropriate details about the divorce, or making false allegations. These actions aim to erode your child’s trust and affection towards you.

Parental alienation can severely impact your relationship with your child and their overall well-being. If you notice these signs, it’s crucial to address the issue promptly. Consider seeking the help of a family therapist experienced in dealing with parental alienation. Taking proactive steps can help restore and maintain a healthy, loving relationship with your child during and after your divorce.