Long Island Family Attorney
What is Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation is the intentional or unintentional influence a former spouse may have on the children after divorce litigation, legal
separation or even
uncontested divorce. What may have begun as an amicable situation in
divorce mediation may have soured over time resulting in one parent interfering in the former spouse's parenting time, custody or visitation
through the child or children.
If one parent discusses his or her negative feelings or opinions about the former spouse with the child, that child may begin having his or her own opinion of the other parent colored by these negative emotions. Often, the child may already have some of his own misgivings or upsets with one parent in which case the actions of the other parent may simply intensify those feelings. If this situation sounds familiar, contact a Long Island family lawyer in Meyers Law Group, PC immediately for legal assistance in protecting your relationship with your children.
Signs of Alienation
Parental Alienation Syndrome is a disorder children can experience as a result of one parent or guardian’s attempt to alienate the child from the other parent. Common signs of parental alienation include:
- Without an explanation, the child no longer wants to visit you
- Your relationship with the child is inexplicably deteriorating
- The child is suddenly blaming you for the divorce or your separation from the other parent
- The child uses mature and grown up words or phrases to explain why they no longer want to visit you or why you are to blame- this is often the result of the other parent continually speaking negatively of you in front of the child
Whatever the method or exact circumstances, the resultant harm of parental alienation can be devastating to the relationship between the child and parent. An attorney at our firm can discuss all the options with you in any divorce or family law situation such as this so that you understand what can be done about it. We care about families and want the best for your relationship with your children.
Despite a divorce or separation, there is no reason to allow your former spouse to spoil the relationship you have with your child or children. It is understandable that divorces are emotionally charged for all involved but it is important to do all you can to preserve a stable family life for your children. Call our team for the aggressive and effective advocacy you deserve!