How to avoid accidental parental alienation

On Behalf of | May 14, 2022 | Family Law

During a divorce, it is not uncommon for one parent to attempt to turn their child against the other. This behavior of parental alienation can be a deliberate hostile act, or you might be doing it without even noticing.

Divorce cases can become very heated and even hostile, especially in regard to the sensitive issue of child custody. If there is bad blood brewing between you and your ex-spouse, you might be exhibiting behavior that can lead to parental alienation unless you take steps to avoid the problem.

Encourage time with your co-parent

Alienation can result from one parent hindering the child from spending time with the other. To nip a potential problem in the bud, you should instead encourage your child to spend a healthy amount of time with your ex-spouse. Maintaining familial relationships throughout the divorce and beyond is of the utmost importance to a young person’s well-being.

Maintain amicable relations with your ex-spouse

An indirect form of parental alienation occurs when one parent’s behavior sways the child’s opinion of the other parent to be more negative. Regardless of your personal feelings toward your ex-spouse, it is to your child’s benefit for you to continue an amicable relationship. Doing so will also make it easier to negotiate and compromise on any issues that may arise in the future.

Parental alienation can have far-reaching effects on a child, including psychological disorders. As a parent going through a potentially heated divorce, it is worth your while to conduct some self-evaluation and avoid behavior that may harm your child.