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During and after divorce, some parents with emotional instability will turn their child against the other parent. This parental alienation reaps traumatic effects that can stay with the child for the rest of their lives. If you are an alienated parent, an attorney can help end this damaging behavior.

Divorce is difficult for even the most prepared and emotionally stable adults, but it impacts children on a deep level. What they desire and need the most is to keep healthy and strong relationships with both of their parents and to be left out of their conflict. 

Contrary to what is best for the child, some divorcing parents want their child to choose sides. Taking this one more damaging step further, some of these parents want the child to choose them over the other parent so badly that they will foster the child’s negative feelings and rejection towards the other parent. A compassionate Sugar Land parental alienation attorney can help you if this situation sounds familiar, and you are the rejected parent. 

What is Parental Alienation?

Parental alienation is the programming of a child by one parent to reject and belittle the other. The alienating parent desires to undermine and interfere with their child’s relationship with that parent. It signals an inability on the part of the alienating parent to see the conflict in their relationship with the other parent and the needs and well-being of the child. 

Not only is this behavior against the court’s desires for the child, but there is also scholarly consensus that severe alienation is abusive to children. If you believe your child’s other parent is taking steps to alienate you from your child, you need a Sugar Land parental alienation lawyer on your side to advocate for your rights. 

How Parental Alimentation Traumatizes Children of Divorce

Researchers at Colorado State University found that 13.4 percent of parents reported being alienated from one or more of their children. Of these parents, 48 percent reported the alienation as being severe. Parental alienation not only impacts the alienated parent, but it can have a lasting traumatic impact on children as well.

Adult children of divorce who experienced alienation from one parent say the tactics of alienating parents are equivalent to extreme psychological maltreatment, including:

  • Spurning
  • Terrorizing
  • Isolating
  • Corrupting or exploiting
  • Denying emotional responsiveness

These children arrive at the belief that the alienated parent is unsafe and undeserving. The children lose the capacity to give and receive love from a parent. The significant effects of parental alienation on children are well-documented, including:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Self-hatred
  • Lack of trust
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse and other forms of addiction 

Furthermore, alienated children internalize the hatred presented toward the alienated parent. They falsely believe that the alienated parent didn’t love or want them. Many children experience substantial guilt for betraying the alienated parent. These children grow up with severe psychological wounds that they carry into their own relationships when they become spouses and parents. Unfortunately, sometimes they become the alienated parent. With the help of a Sugar Land parental alienation lawyer, you could put an end to this vicious cycle.

Get an Advocate on Your Side with a Compassionate Sugar Land Parental Alienation Lawyer 

At Jaime Jordan, PLLC, we want the best for you and your child. We are fierce advocates of parents and children who are being alienated. Learn more about our family law services by scheduling your legal consultation today with a compassionate Sugar Land parental alienation lawyer. We can be reached by phone at (832) 463-4933 or online.