While you may not be able to define exactly what parental alienation is, you certainly know the effects if you are on the receiving end of this extremely negative force. In fact, the State of Illinois finds that parental alienation is a form of child abuse and takes the matter very seriously. If you believe your children’s other parent is engaging in parental alienation or fear that he or she may be, it’s time to discuss the matter with an experienced Illinois parenting time attorney.
Illinois defines parental alienation as the unacceptable manipulative process used by one parent to alienate a child from the other parent by disparaging conduct or words to encourage the child to dislike or break communication ties with the other parent. Parental alienation is generally related to parenting time concerns, such as during or after a divorce.
While every case of parental alienation is unique to the circumstances at hand, some of the basic forms of parental alienation include the following (on the part of the parent who is perpetrating the parental alienation):
If any of these strike you as familiar, it’s time to reach out to a dedicated family law attorney.
Parental alienation can do considerable damage, and it can be hardest of all on the children themselves. If you’re concerned that your divorcing spouse is engaging in parental alienation, the family law attorneys at SLG Family Law understand the gravity of the situation and are well prepared to help you address the matter head-on. Your relationship with your children is paramount, so please don’t wait to contact us for more information today.
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