Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation

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Establishing a child custody arrangement is one of the most challengingaspects of the divorce process. Unfortunately, it’s difficult formany ex-spouses to treat each other cordially once the divorce has beenfinalized. In fact, sometimes a resentful ex-spouse can behave in a waythat unintentionally influences how a child perceives their other parent.In worst-case scenarios, an ex may intentionally drive a wedge that separatesa child physically and emotionally from their other parent.

Parental alienation is a serious concern for many divorced parents. Theonly way to manage the situation is to recognize the signs of parentalalienation and, if necessary, seek legal assistance.

What Is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation occurs when one parent manipulates a child into disengagingemotionally from their other parent. By exploiting a child’s guiltand confusion, a parent can trick their child into attaching negativeassociations to their other parent. However, this creates a difficultpsychological dilemma that can permanently traumatize a child.

Behaviors that lead to parental alienation include:

  • Speaking negatively about an ex
  • Inventing lies about an ex
  • Disobeying the child custody court order
  • Refusing to allow a child to spend time with their other parent
  • Questioning the child about the other parent’s lifestyle
  • Asking the child to spy on an ex
  • Acting noticeably sad if the child has fun with the other parent
  • Monitoring a child’s communication with their other parent
  • Withholding information about a child’s activities or appointments
  • Discussing the divorce with the child and casting blame on the other parent
  • Telling the other parent that the child doesn’t want to see them

Before a divorce can be finalized, the court reviews how parents plan toshare custody and decide if the parenting time schedule ultimately benefitsthe needs of the child. It’s illegal for one spouse to disobey thiscourt order by preventing their child from maintaining a healthy relationshipwith their other parent. If your ex is negatively influencing your childand restricting your court-ordered custody time, contact theIllinois child custody attorneys at Wakenight & Associates, P.C.

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Contact Wakenight & Associates, P.C. if you’ve been denied visitationor are seeking a child custody modification. Our Illinois child custodylawyers have a comprehensive understanding of divorce and family law.

Safeguard your relationship with your child today.Call Wakenight & Associates, P.C.to schedule a free consultation.

We have offices located in Elmhurst Oak Park, Joliet, Mokena, and more.

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