What is parental alienation?
In simple terms, parental alienation is when one parent attempts to manipulate their child to have a poorer view of the other parent. As a result, the manipulating parent is psychologically damaging their child to prefer them over the other parent.
Common examples of parental alienation include:
- Not being mindful when talking badly or lying about the other parent when the child is present.
- Making derogatory remarks regarding the other parent to the children.
- Blocking direct or indirect contact with the other parent.
- Convincing the children that the other parent does not love them or does not want to see them.
- Undermining the authority of the other parent.
Parental alienation examples.
A mother wants to obtain a child arrangement order. The children live with the father due to the mother having trouble with alcohol. However, the mother still wrote letters to her children, which the father decided not to pass on. In this circumstance, it’s parental alienation because the father restricts contact between the mother and her children.
A father and mother are planning a holiday. The mother comments on the father not wanting the children to come on the trip in front of them. In this circumstance, this is parental alienation, regardless of whether the statement is true or not.