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What to do when facing parental alienation

Kentucky parents who have divorced an ex-spouse with a personality disorder might be in more danger of experiencing parental alienation. Some parents may attempt to manipulate their children and cause them to turn against the other parent. The child may then deny that the other parent has had anything to do with any change in their behavior.

In cases of parental alienation, the targeted parent might be taken off contact lists and not told about school meetings. The child may also request that the parent stop attending extracurricular activities. If the child becomes combative, they may even start using some of the same language that the other parent has used. Ultimately, the child could reject the idea of any positive bonding experiences with the targeted parent.

Parental alienation can start in subtle ways. A parent may say the child cannot come for the usual visitation because of a need to study. From there, the situation could escalate. The targeted parent should not be provoked by the behavior of the other parent or child. Instead, the parent should respond with lovingly set boundaries. In some cases, parents may want to contact a professional counselor for additional assistance.

If parental alienation begins to occur during the divorce process, this can cause issues if parents are trying to negotiate custody and visitation. It may be necessary for parents to go through litigation. A judge will aim to make a custody decision that is in the best interests of the child. In such situations, a targeted parent might want to discuss strategy with an attorney.

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