When dealing with divorce, you also face the undeniable possibility of dealing with sabotage from your co-parent. This is especially true in rocky divorce cases where one spouse felt slighted in some way.
The most crucial thing when dealing with parental alienation is noticing the red flags as fast as possible. So what are the signs? Where should you anchor your attention?
Rejection of the alienated parent
Psychiatric Times discusses the ways you can identify possible parental alienation. The biggest sign involves your child’s reaction to spending time with you. Almost immediately, a child experiencing parental alienation may begin to reject the alienated parent. This means refusing to spend time with you and not wanting to be in your presence. They may wish to spend time away from your home, even when it is your turn to watch them.
Your child will also have no concrete reason for this change in behavior when asked. They may make up untrue statements about you. They might cite insignificant matters, like the way you clean your home or how you cook meals. They will also almost always deny the involvement of the alienating parent, even with evidence to the contrary.
Changes in behavior
Finally, keep an eye peeled for behavioral changes. Children suffering from parental alienation go through a form of abuse. This naturally leaves scars behind and alters the way a child interacts with the world. Some may lash out at others and reject authority figures. Others could withdraw, displaying signs of self-blame, guilt and depression. If you notice any such changes, or any other signs mentioned, consider contacting a legal professional. They can help you work through the situation.