What is parental alienation?

by admin on December 8, 2010

Parental alienation is a campaign by one parent to disparage the other parent in the eyes of the children in order to increase dependence on the alienator. The Target parent eventually sees decrease contact and increased hostility from the children.

There are many techniques to accomplish parental alienation and reputable experts and judges are aware of them. Unfortunately, there are many judges and experts who are not well educated in the subtle ways in which a parent can alienate a child from the other parent.  Add in the naivety of many judges and experts in how a concerted effort over time can impact a parent-child relationship and in some jurisdictions one has a situation in which one parent can alienate another with impunity.  The solution is to educate judges and experts with information so as to remedy the situation.

To do that, you need to ensure that you are educated and your attorney is too.  The attorney and your experts can then educate any judges who are uninformed about parental alienation.

In a non-divorced situation children are not alienated from a parent without physical abuse. Even with physical abuse, it rarely happens.  When it happens in a situation involving divorce without physical abuse, the cause is the other, alienating, parent.  There is no question about the cause.  There are naive judges and experts in the United States who are too busy to study the cases, but the fact remains that the primary cause for children to be alienated from one parent is the behavior of the other parent.

The problem in most jurisdictions today is that it is extremely difficult in proving alienation when ‘experts’ see your children for 2 or 3 hours per month.

The rule for then becomes: protect yourself by alienating first. By the time you know is is going on, it is very difficult to repair and the courts and experts are unable to help you. It sounds cynical, but it is true, if your ex-spouse is crazy enough to do it, you have to be proactive – or lose your kids.

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