Parental Alienation has been defined as a group of behaviors that effect a child’s mental and emotional well-being and can interfere with a relationship of a child and either parent. These behaviors are often accompanied by high conflict marriages, separation or divorce. These behaviors, whether verbal or non-verbal, can cause a child to be mentally manipulated into believing a loving parent is the cause of all their problems, and/or the enemy, to be feared, disrespected or avoided.
Obviously, these behaviors can impede a child’s upbringing which means any behaviors from either parent should be caught early and treated before further damage occurs. Parental alienation is a serious issue as it prevents both parents from being actively and positively involved in a child’s life.
Take a few minutes to read over these questions, if you answer YES to most of these questions or if you have concerns of parental alienation, consider contacting our agency for a consultation with one of our experts: 561-429-2140
1. Have you or your former spouse ever taken the children without notification for an extended period of time?
2. Do you or your former spouse prevent communication between a parent and the children?
3. Do you and your former spouse have a very difficult time communicating and co-parenting?
4. Do you or your former spouse manipulate the children into thinking negatively about the other parent?
5. Do you or your former spouse prevent visitation between parent and children?
6. Do you or your former spouse consistently interrupt visitation or phone time with the other parent?
7. Have your children ever stated they are resentful of you or your former spouse?
8. Do you or your former spouse say negative things about the other parent in front of the children?
9. Do you or your former spouse intentionally and consistently fail to inform the other parent regarding important decisions regarding the children?
10. Do you or you former spouse consistently and intentionally fail to notify the other parent of important events (such as school ceremonies, or recitals)?
11. Do you or your former spouse tell the children personal information about the divorce that should be withheld?
12. Have you or your spouse failed to inform the other parent about relocating with the children?
13. Do you or your former spouse claim that the children do not wish to visit or speak with the other parent?
14. Do you or your former spouse manipulate information out of the children?
15. Do you or your former spouse encourage blame towards the other parent?
16. Have your children started strongly resisting their scheduled timesharing with you or your former spouse, despite no history of abuse or maltreatment?
17. Do you or your former spouse schedule all of your children’s desirable extracurricular activities during the targeted parent’s regular timesharing schedule?
19. Does your child use adult language and know the intimate details and reasons for your separation with your former spouse?
20. Is there no rational or logical explanations for your child’s newly formed hatred for you?
*This questionnaire is for informational purposes and is not meant to diagnose or treat Parental Alienation.
If the answer to the majority of these questions was “Yes”, it may be advisable to seek the assistance of a mental health professional who is qualified to assess and treat the symptoms of parental alienation. For more information on how our experts can help, please call us today at 561-429-2140.