Recognizing the Signs of Parental Alienation

Divorce can bring out the worst in people. In some cases, a parent may attempt to turn the children against their other parent, which is often referred to as parental alienation. It is a type of behavior that is considered abusive and, if you believe your former spouse is attempting to alienate the children from you, it is important for you to speak with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible.

Common Parental Alienation Red Flags

If you are just starting to learn about parental alienation and its impact on your family, you might not be fully aware of the red flags and what to look out for.

Below are some common red flags that indicate your former spouse may be engaging in parental alienation:

  • Your former spouse divulges too many details about the divorce to your children: There is no reason why your children, especially if they are very young, should know about the more adult details of your divorce. If your former spouse is sharing more than your children need to know, it may be to paint you in a more negative light.
  • Your children appear to be angry with you most of the time: If your children are often angry with you for no apparent reason, claim that they hate you, or generally have a negative attitude toward you, it may be because of the negative things your former spouse says about you when they are with your ex.
  • Your children seem to feel guilty about the time they spend with you: If your former spouse is alienating the children from you, your children will be reluctant to say they enjoyed the time they spend with you.
  • Your former spouse allows your children to make choices regarding visitation: Compliance with the child custody agreement is not a choice and when your former spouse lets your children believe they can make a choice, they will blame you for making them visit you.

If you recognize one or more of these signs, you should speak to a child custody attorney to protect your rights as a parent and the bond you have with your children.

Do Not Hesitate to Reach Out to Our Knowledgeable Family Law Team Today!

If your former spouse is alienating the children from you, you should consult with a family law attorney as soon as possible. At Nichols Dixon PLLC, our team is committed to providing compassionate and knowledgeable support to ensure the best possible results for your case. With us on your side, you can rest assured your family’s future is in good hands.

Call our law office today at (405) 294-1511 to set up an initial consultation with a member of our team.