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What is Parental Alienation? Here’s What You Need to Know.

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“Parental Alienation Syndrome” is no longer considered a psychological disorder, but there are still a lot of bad parents out there who try to destroy the child’s relationship with their other parent. And regardless of what term you use for that behavior, it still needs to be stopped. Nothing is more important to a parent, or a child, than a strong bond between the child and the parent. Unfortunately, divorce often takes a toll on that bond, but as long as parents are willing to work together, compromise, and always focus on the best interests of their child, they can significantly mitigate any of the strains placed on their child because of the divorce. That said, at times, parents will act not in their best interests of their child, but in their own interests by taking part in parental alienation. Please continue reading and reach out to our experienced Montgomery County family law attorney to learn more about parental alienation, how to spot it, and how our firm can help stop it. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What does parental alienation look like?

Parental alienation can come in many forms, but it can be loosely defined as when one parent takes action to sabotage a child’s relationship with their other parent. At times, parental alienation can come in the form of backhanded verbal jabs at their former spouse in front of their child. In other cases, it can come in the form of outright insults or “trash talking” their former spouse to their child. Parental alienation is not always the same, but it can typically be easily spotted. Parental alienation can have long-term impacts on a child’s emotional development, as well as damage what should be a very important bond in a child’s life. This is why it must be stopped.

What should I do if I believe my ex is subjecting our child to parental alienation?

If you believe your former spouse is subjecting you and your child to acts of parental alienation, you can first try and talk to your ex and request that they change their behavior. However, if you do and the behavior persists, you should speak with a skilled Montgomery County family law attorney who can assess the situation and remedy the issue.

In some cases, our firm can work to modify your child custody order on the grounds that your former spouse’s behavior does not work in the best interests of your child, and, therefore, violates the core of your custody agreement. If you have any further questions or you need an attorney to help put an end to parental alienation, our firm is here to help.

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