In the eyes of the court, alienation is one of the worst things that a parent can do during and after a divorce. It may even be grounds for changing the custody agreement to take the children from a parent or to mandate supervised visits. It is important to know how parental alienation begins so that it can be dealt with as soon as possible.
One of the major factors behind alienation is a parent who feels that they need to get revenge on the other parent for the divorce. They use the children as a tool, thinking that they can punish the other parent by turning the children against them. The parent might feed the children falsehoods about their co-parent regarding behavior of which they themselves are guilty. At the same time, there is a symbiotic and co-dependent relationship between the alienating parent and the children.
Alienation can cause very deep damage to the children that can take a long time to reverse. That is why it is essential to nip it in the bud as soon as possible. Left unchecked, alienation can rupture a parent’s relationship with their children. It often takes extensive therapy to undo the harm that was caused. The good news is that it is possible to overcome alienation, but it must first be spotted and eliminated.
If the other parent will not stop the conduct, the proper course of action may be to take the matter to court. An individual may contact a family law attorney to learn more about the possible measures that they can take to eliminate this conduct. They may even want to consider trying to file for full custody of the children as a means of stopping this behavior in its tracks for the sake of the children.