One issue increasingly recognized by judges, family law attorneys and therapists is the destructive consequence of Parental Alienation. When one parent attempts to alienate the child from the other parent through bad-mouthing and other demeaning tactics, he/she is actually asking the child to lower their opinion of the other parent in an attempt to destroy the parental relationship. This negative form of parenting is a tool that vindictive parents use to gain control of the child's life and break the parent-child relationship with the other parent.
Missouri courts are charged with promoting the "best interests of the child" and anything that interferes with this goal, including interference with the parent-child relationship, is dealt with seriously. An experienced family law attorney is paramount in getting these issues addressed by the court so that necessary therapy and other remedies are established before it is too late to save the parent-child relationship.
Emotions can run high after a couple's divorce, so how can you tell if your ex is actually trying to alienate your child and is, in fact, violating the custody agreement:
What are some of the signs in the children?
What are some of the signs in the parent?
So, what can you do?
Know What Constitutes a Violation of the Custody Agreement. Usually, a court will only change a custody agreement if one of the parents has made a serious violation of the custody agreement. As in the original agreement, the court will consider the “best interests of the child”.
Some common violations include:
Both parents deserve time with their children. What begins as bad-mouthing can lead to Parental Alienation, a behavior that needs to be stopped. If you think your ex's behavior threatens the best interests of your child, contact your family law attorney and get help.