New South Lawyers' Family Law team explains some of the common signs of parental alienation. And offers some solutions should you be experiencing it.

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is a set of circumstances where one parent alienates a child from the other by lying, manipulating and brainwashing their perception of the other parent so that it reflects the attitude of the alienating parent. Both parents can be guilty of Parental alienation. It undermines a child’s relationship with a parent, and encourages them to reject that parent.

The common signs of Parental Alienation

Minor parental alienation is unfortunately common in family law matters with both parents often badmouthing the other or discussing the matter with their children. However, more series parental alienation tactics include:  Firstly, making the other parent appear dangerous or sick. Secondly, accusing the other parent of not being loving or caring enough. Thirdly, limiting visitation. Fourthly, talking poorly about the other parent's family or friends. Fifthly, making false allegations about abuse. And finally, stopping the child from communication. Such as not passing on calls or messages.Whilst parental alienation is a serious issue, there are matters in which parental estrangement has occurred through ongoing issues and the children have chosen to be estranged from a parent. Parental estrangement can occur in circumstances in which there is a history of family violence, child abuse, neglect, mental health issues or drug abuse.

What can you do about Parental Alienation?

Matters involving parental alienation can be challenging to substantiate as each matter is determined upon its merits and the Court will ultimately make a decision that they feel promotes the best interests of the children.  When looking to show evidence of parental alienation the Court will look at affidavits and evidence from independent experts. Examples include professionals such as psychologists and social workers to determine whether a parent is guilty of alienating behaviours.  Ultimately, however, the Court decides each matter based on its individual circumstances, and proving parental alienation is a complex process.  We highly recommend seeking legal advice from our Family Lawyers if you if you believe that someone is hurting your relationship with your children. To discuss your Family Law matter and find the best option for you, please contact our Sydney Family Law team on 02 9891 6388.

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