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Understanding Parental Alienation in a Divorce Action



Parental alienation is sometimes common in contentious divorce actions where both parents are fighting for custody of their children.  Parental alienation is a form of emotional manipulation where one parent attempts to undermine the relationship between the child and the other parent. This can manifest through various tactics, such as spreading false information or even obstructing communication and visitation. The motives behind parental alienation can range from personal resentment and anger to attempts at gaining a strategic advantage in the divorce proceedings.


Parental alienation has detrimental consequences to the children involved and is strongly frowned upon in Court. Children who are victim of parental alienation tend to suffer from emotional distress and strained relationships.  Being unfairly estranged from the children involved can lead to emotional turmoil for the alienated parent as well.


As is always the case, the children’s best interests are paramount.  Parental alienation is a deeply distressing aspect of divorce and it can leave a trail of emotional wreckage for both parents and children. Long term consequences can be mitigated by prioritizing the needs of the children and fostering a healthy co-parenting environment

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