A previous post on this blog talked about how one half of a former celebrity couple has apparently been alienating the other parent from the children.
As this post mentioned, experts suggest that parents who engage in a pattern of pitting their children against the other parent are doing a great deal of psychological harm to their kids. Parents can pit their children against the other parent in a number of ways, including making negative comments about the other parent or intentionally keeping the other parent from having the time they need to build up a relationship with their children.
In fact, the term parental alienation syndrome is a psychological condition that describes the end result of this sort of behavior. After a period of time being exposed to this sort of behavior, the children will eventually be unable to relate to their other parent, even though that other parent has, in reality, been the victim of the first parent’s scheme.
Some experts are willing to describe this sort of behavior and the aftermath as a form of child abuse, as it deprives the children of an important relationship in their lives. Moreover, frequent parental alienation usually is a sign of some mental health or personality issues working within the perpetrator.
A parent who feels he or she is a victim of parental alienation may have legal options available to him or her. For instance, in some cases, a parent can take legal steps to force the other parent at least to follow court orders that pertain to parenting time and how parents are to speak about each other. In other cases, a parent may even be able to get a change in child custody or more suitable parenting time orders.