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Avoiding parental alienation with a bitter ex-spouse

On Behalf of | Oct 20, 2022 | Child Custody |

If you are going through a divorce, it is crucial to be aware of the dangers of parental alienation. This phenomenon can occur when one parent tries to turn the children against the other parent after a bitter divorce.

Parental alienation can be very damaging to the relationship between children and parents and can often lead to long-term emotional damage.

What are the dangers of parental alienation?

Parental alienation is a process through which a child becomes estranged from one parent. It can be due to a variety of factors, but many times the influence of the other parent causes detachment and estrangement. The alienated parent is typically demonized and blamed for every problem, including the breakup of the family.

How do you avoid parental alienation?

While divorce can be a complex and emotional process, it is important to remember that the well-being of the children should always be a top priority. Working with a family counselor through the divorce can help parents put aside their differences and function as co-parents. It can also help a parent realize that their behavior is toxic and damaging to their child. 

Sometimes, of course, no appeal to reason and no amount of family therapy will help. If you believe your children are being alienated from you by your ex-spouse, you can take a few avenues to seek help. First, try talking to your ex-spouse directly about your concerns. 

If you cannot reach an agreement, you may need to consider legal options. By taking action and seeking help, you can work to protect your relationship with your children.