Parental alienation describes a condition where one parent attempts to turn a child away from the other parent. This condition arises most often in the context of a divorce or child custody dispute, but can also occur, or at least begin, when the parents are still together.

At our law firm, we have seen many instances of parental alienation. The most simple form is where the alienating parent discusses the details of the divorce with the child, asserting that the other parent is bad. Sometimes, the alienating parent withholds approval or even punishes the child if they show love or affection toward the other parent.

The effect of parental alienation is to make a bad situation worse. Also, it can lead to last psychological damage to a young child that could take years to address and resolve.

Parental alienation arises when one parent exhibits a narcissistic inability to handle the stress of separating from their significant other. The alienating parent blames the other parent to anyone who will listen, including the children.

We here at Clarkston Legal have learned that both parents usually contribute to a break-up or divorce. Although parental alienation is not a “syndrome” or classified mental disorder, it does exist in certain high-conflict custody cases; it is out there.

If you are experiencing the effects of an alienating parent, or if your child is suffering from the effects of parental alienation, contact our law firm to discuss your options; we offer a free consultation.