Symptoms of Parental Alienation

Symptoms of Parental Alienation

Defining Parental Alienation

Parental Alienation typically occurs when one parent, usually the custodial parent, lies about and badmouths the other parent to create a divide between the child and non-custodial parent.  This can result in brainwashing the child, disrupting visitation, long-term effects on the child’s mental and emotional stability and can affect child custody if not combatted. Our New Jersey child custody attorneys at the Law Offices of Edward R. Weinstein can help you preserve your rights to visitation or custody of your child. We understand how hurtful and frustrating it can be to be on the receiving end of a child’s alienation. 

Symptoms of Parental Alienation

If your child is exhibiting any of the following symptoms, you may want to discuss parental alienation with one of our experienced child custody lawyers.

  • Lack of Ambivalence: A healthy amount of ambivalence in children towards their parents is exhibited through the concept that there are good and bad points to each parent.  An unhealthy lack of ambivalence is when one parent is considered perfect and the other is considered completely horrible.
  • Automatic Support: This happens when, in a parent/child meeting in court or with a counselor, the child immediately sides with one parent and goes out of the way to let the court or counselor know that the mother/father had nothing to do with their opinion about the other parent.
  • Absence of Guilt: If a child displays absolute disregard for one parent’s feelings and does or says horrible things about that parent without guilt, this can be a symptom of alienation.
  • Denigration: When a child makes a point to tell counselors, lawyers or others involved in the divorce all about the “bad” parent but has no substantial reasoning.

Contact Our Team for a Free Consultation

If your child is showing signs of parental alienation and you are worried about your child custody arrangement, our New Jersey child custody lawyers can help. We will fight for you to preserve your child custody rights so that you don’t lose contact with your child.  We understand how important it is for children to visit with both parents and we want to help you through your post-divorce battles. Let us stand by your side and aid in navigating this difficult time.

Contact our team of New Jersey child custody attorneys today at (732) 783-5588.


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