One of the worst things that a Florida parent can do in the eyes of the court is to try to alienate the children from the other parent. If your children are being alienated from you, the law gives you the ability to take legal action against the other parent that could even result in a change to the custody arrangement.

The roots of parental alienation

Every parent should understand how parental alienation originates. The alienating parent combines a dependent personality with fierce anger that leaves them wanting revenge on their former partner. Here, they think that turning the children against the other parent is their way of getting back at that parent for the divorce. With parental alienation, there is some co-dependency between the children and the alienating parent. In other words, both the children and the parent reinforce the negative loop. The parent needs support from the children while the children allow the negativity to thrive.

The effects of parental alienation

When parental alienation occurs, the damage to the children and their relationship with you as the parent can be long-lasting. Often, the children will need extensive therapy to help right what was inflicted on them by the alienating parent. In addition, family therapy may also be needed. If the alienating parent was successful, it may take some time and effort to rebuild your relationship with the children. This is why courts view this matter with the utmost seriousness and will likely punish it strongly.

If you believe this is happening to you, it is crucial to address the issue early. Otherwise, the damage begins to build the longer one parent continues their pattern of behavior. You can take legal action to put a stop to this. You may want to contact a divorce attorney to bring this matter to the court’s attention at the first possible opportunity. If you are able to prove parental alienation to the court, the other parent may be in serious trouble.