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Parental Alienation And The Effect On Children In Divorce Cases

Orange County child custody; The Maggio Law FirmAn extremely unsavory aspect of divorce, as well as a legal separation, revolves around the serious issue of kids being adversely impacted by the anguish and agony their parents usually go through. The possibility of a divorce and prospects of a marital separation can be painful processes, which disturb the kids involved in such situations.

PAS or Parental Alienation Syndrome

This syndrome was introduced by Richard Gardner, a renowned psychiatrist in a paper that he shared in 1985. The syndrome refers to the emotional and physical withdrawal of a kid from their parent although the alienated mother or father offers adequate tenderness and care to the child. It is triggered by parental alienation, which is a chain of behaviors that an alienating parent uses either subconsciously or consciously to spoil the relationships of a child with the other parent. Though such a condition is not specific to only divorce or separation cases, parental alienation and the PAS typically evolve in cases of custody conflicts or disputes.

Instances of parental alienating behavior

  • To convince a child that the target parent has been abusive towards them and has been neglecting them to tarnish the image of the target parent.
  • Using the kid to pass on messages between the two parents rather than direct parent-to-parent communication.
  • Sharing thoughts or convincing the kid to hate and distrust the targeted parent.
  • To blame the targeted parent for the breakup of the marriage
  • Withdraw physical and emotional support of a kid when they demonstrate love and care for the targeted parent

Ways of responding to your child’s alienation

  • When children get entangled in the midst of their parents’ marital dissolution, you should ensure as their parents that they are loved, supported and cared for.
  • You should not tolerate the PAS syndrome at all. In case you are victimized from it, you immediately report the sane to a judge or a counselor.
  • You should not portray a bad image of your spouse in front of the kids. Even if you dislike your former partner, you should make sure your kids enjoy a warm relationship with their other parent.

Though it is likely that you will be going through a tough phase in your life while being separated from your spouse, you should remember that your kids are also going through a similar kind of feeling. You should take all possible steps to ensure that your kids feel comfortable and are free of stress during this trying period.

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divorce_attorneyGerald A. Maggio is an experienced Orange County divorce and family law attorney and family law attorney located in Irvine, California, serving the Orange County and Riverside areas. Mr. Maggio assists clients with legal issues including divorce, legal separation, divorce mediation, child custody, prenuptial agreements, stepparent adoptions, and other family law issues. Mr. Maggio has practiced law in California since 1999, and founded The Maggio Law Firm in 2005, focusing exclusively on divorce and family law matters.

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