Is parental alienation syndrome damaging your parent-child bond?

Regardless of the child custody order you and your ex-spouse were granted in Georgia, you may feel as if you do not have enough time to maintain the relationship you had with your child before the divorce. In fact, you may be experiencing obstacles to a successful bond without even realizing it. According to Psychology Today, as many as 15 percent of divorces that include children may be affected by parental alienation.

If your child is being manipulated into taking the other parent’s side and disengaging from you, he or she could be developing parental alienation syndrome. This psychological condition is a result of brainwashing that arises from behaviors on the part of your ex-spouse such as convincing the child that you are dangerous, refusing to allow the child to talk about you or have pictures of you. The other parent may force the child to take his or her side against you, or risk losing the love of that parent.

These tactics amount to child abuse, although experts warn that there is not enough awareness and few resources may be available to you for combatting them. Seeking a court order that modifies visitation or parenting time may not seem likely because your child may claim an unwillingness to spend more time with you. However, it is important to find a way to put a stop the mental abuse, as it can have serious long-term effects on your child’s mental and emotional health. This information is provided for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as legal advice. But, it may help you to understand the importance of shielding your child from conflict between you and your ex-spouse.

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