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Understanding and Dealing With Parental Alienation

BY: Walter Rigel | Category: Relationships | Submitted: 2012-05-07 05:00:34
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Article Summary: "Parental Alienation in child custody cases. Recognize it and avoid it. Parental alienation is a situation that takes place when a child expresses views of serious dislike or possibly even hatred with regard to one parent - Garrett Law Group..."

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Parental alienation is a situation that takes place when a child expresses views of serious dislike or possibly even hatred with regard to one parent. The emotions are often unjustified and in addition they make it hard for the alienated parent to connect or communicate with the child.

Multiple conditions create such feelings. They can be ignited by the unfavorable remarks a child hears from one parent in regards to the other. This kind of emotions in a child are generally seen in a divorce or separation situation where sentiments of the mother and father might run over and have an effect on the way a child feels and what they imagine. Parents may be caught up in their particular problems as they cope with issues like custody of the children and allocation of assets.

When the issues of the divorce are uneasy and painful, for instance a disloyal spouse, it may be challenging for one parent to hide their disdain and resentment toward the other spouse and they might unwillingly impact the sentiments of the child. Hearing and seeing close relatives discuss the other parent negatively, conversations where insults are typically thrown about and reference to what one parent did wrong can make a child believe that they loathe one parent and make them distance themselves from them. So does discovering a parent being careless, concerning how they misuse financial resources, their being users or abusers of illicit drugs as well as other actions that may have resulted in the marriage or relationship to break down. A parent may expose this to a child intentionally or accidentally.

One parent may want to get revenge on the other by turning a child against them. It is important for parents to be aware that their aims to get revenge on the other by turning the children against them can backfire on them. The child may dislike the parent who conveys to them negative things about the other parent. The child may additionally dislike the accusing parent for not forgiving the parent that has done something wrong with regard to keeping the household together. What might then happen could be that the child or children may alienate both parents simply because they feel unsatisfied by both of them.

A marriage or serious relationship is a place where one gets a big element of their identity, their structure and support in addition to their perseverance. Subsequently the sources of these bonds are incredibly strong and they are linked with those of a child or children in the partnership. However as stressful as it is, a parent needs to do everything that can be done to come out of the marriage or partnership with very little disturbance of the children's lives. The proper and good thing to do for the child is to reassure them that both mom and dad love them as much as ever even though they aren't together. Keep in mind, what a child sees is what they are likely to repeat in their own relationships and marriages.

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