2 Things to know about parental alienation

On Behalf of | May 4, 2023 | Family Law

Parental alienation situations are tricky because they are tough to prove, disprove and find solutions for. In addition, no one wants to plan for the potential outcomes of the end of their marriage. However, things like parental alienation can occur without pre or post-nuptial agreements.

Here is more information about parental alienation that individuals need to know if they suspect it is occurring to them.

1. What is it?

Parental alienation is when one parent intentionally tries to convince their children that the other parent is unsafe, abusive, dangerous or otherwise harmful. The result is often that the children become fearful of or dislike the alienated parent.

2. Is it alienation?

Parental alienation typically occurs in divorced families where the parents dislike each other, and conflict ensues. First, however, it is essential to distinguish whether a parent is alienating or gatekeeping.

A lot of times, these situations result in gatekeeping. That means that one parent limits the contact the other has with their children, which abuse cases can justify. Meanwhile, alienation breaks state family court rules and involves one parent causing their children to fear or dislike the other for no reason.

If individuals suspect they face parental alienation, they should take action early to keep their children from becoming victims. Unfortunately, even after court intervention, the other parent may not stop their behavior. That is because court solutions are often not long-term. In these cases, the alienated parent should do their best to maintain their relationship with their children.