One of the most important things for a parent going through a divorce is to protect his or her relationship with the children. Divorce will change how often a parent can be with the kids, but it is possible to create a custody and visitation plan that allows for the continuation of strong relationships. Unfortunately, negative actions by a parent, such as parental alienation, can affect these relationships. If this happens, it is important to have a quick and proper response.
What is parental alienation?
Parental alienation involves the intentional actions of one North Carolina parent to harm the relationship the child has with the other. This may include cutting off communication, refusing to include the other parent in important events or failing to abide by the terms of the visitation order. Attempts to alienate the child from his or her parent may be overt or more subtle.
This type of behavior is an effort to change the way the child perceives his or her parent, and it can be extremely harmful. Over time, the child may not think or feel the same way about the other parent, and the psychological damage may be permanent. If a North Carolina parent suspects this is happening, quick and decisive action is necessary.
Parental alienation is a serious threat to a parent-child relationship. Early intervention is key, and there are certain steps that may allow one to fight back. A court may mandate therapy, make-up visitation or other remedies that could allow the relationship to heal and the parent to preserve his or her rights.