Parental alienation is a tactic used by one parent to turn their child against the other parent. Sometimes you may not even be aware that this is occurring. Parental alienation may take the form of passive verbal jabs about the other parent, outright badmouthing the other parent, and in some extreme cases, pretending to “save” the child from certain situations that the child simply does not need saving from. This can have a severe impact on the child’s relationship with both parents. Read on to learn more about parental alienation in New York and what you can do about it.
How Can I Prove Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation can be difficult to spot and even more difficult to prove. If you believe you are a victim of parental alienation, there are a few steps you should take.
- Document disparaging remarks: If your ex-spouse sends an angry text or leaves you a resentful voicemail, you should document these incidents.
- Record incidents: If your child quotes something their other parent has said, you may want to keep a record of this quote in a journal. You may also want to note changes in your child’s behavior. For example, if your child begins to act distant, or upset in your presence, this could be a result of parental alienation.
- Preserve social media evidence: Unfortunately, many people use social media to air their dirty laundry. If your ex is making disparaging remarks about you on social media, you should not engage and be sure to take screenshots.
What Can be Done About Parental Alienation?
Parental alienation violates the core of your custody agreement, which is to do what is in the best interest of your child. Additionally, this can be seen as a refusal to co-parent. As a result, a New York court may change your custody agreement, giving you more time with your child, and therefore, allowing less time for your ex to partake in parental alienation.
If you suspect you and your child are victims of parental alienation, contact our firm today.
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