Parental alienation is a term that has come into popularity thanks to the ongoing custody battle between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Surprisingly, this celebrity couple is fairly representative of the struggles many divorcing couples go through. The one major caveat being assets, of course!
They are like many divorcing couples in that they built a family on the seemingly strong foundation of their relationship. Overtime, life became more complicated and the foundation began to crumble. In the case of Pitt and Jolie, the soured relationship is beginning to impact the children.
After months of celebrity news coverage saying that Jolie was alienating Pitt from their six children, a judge confirmed it. This judge ruled that Pitt was not causing any danger to the children, and in fact, it was in their best interest to have a continued relationship with their father. Furthermore, the judge ruled that if Jolie continued attempts to sabotage Pitt’s relationship with his children, she would face legal consequences.
What is parental alienation?
When we think of alienation, the first thing that comes to mind is likely physical separation. In the case of parental alienation, this includes much more sinister attempts to destroy a child’s relationship with the other parent. Today, if there is a clear pattern of one parent attempting to destroy the other parent’s relationship with the children, the case can be made that the alienating parent is not acting in the best interest of the children.
For couples facing divorce or separation, it’s critically important to act in the best interest of your children. Along with being viewed more favorably in the eyes of the court, your children will fare much better in a harmonious upbringing.