West Chester Divorce Lawyers Fighting Parental Alienation
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When a parent fosters their child’s rejection of the other parent, this is considered a form of abuse known as parental alienation. Parental alienation is the attempt to manipulate a child into hating, ignoring, or denying the other parent on the basis of lies. This is an incredibly dangerous thing to do to a child, because it often sparks a lot of guilt, sadness, and pain, which the child has a hard time letting go of in the future. Not only does this hurt all involved, it prevents a healthy relationship from being formed in the future between the child and parent.
Parental alienation may include but is not limited to:
- Bad-mouthing the other parent
- Limiting contact with that parent
- Erasing the other parent from life and mind of the child
- Forbidding discussion and pictures of other parent
- Forcing the child to reject the other parent
- Creating the impression the other parent is dangerous
- Withdrawal of affection or threats
- Belittling and limiting contact with extended family of the other parent
Vilifying the other parent in such a dangerous way is a form of brainwashing, often done by people who wish to cause harm to their ex-spouse. In fact, studies show most parents who have lost contact with the child have done so involuntarily. After years of parental alienation, it has become almost impossible for these parents to strike up a relationship with their child once more, as the child feels resentment, remorse, and even hatred toward that particular parent.
If you are a victim of parental alienation because of your ex-spouse, we at Meadows Law Firm want you to know you have rights. This horrible practice is now widely accepted as a form of child abuse, and our West Chester divorce lawyers will work relentlessly to help you regain the chance to have a meaningful relationship with your child. No parent deserves to be isolated from their child’s life on the basis of manipulation and lies, which is why we fight so hard to avoid permanent estrangement.
To learn more about your rights as a parent, contact us by calling 513.334.0777.