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Illinois parental alienation attorneysWhile most parents only want what is best for their children, there are those who are more focused on “winning” than the child’s best interest. Some may even go so far as to commit parental alienation. In today’s post, you will learn more about parental alienation, including how to determine if your child may be a victim, and what actions can be taken to protect the child. 

What is Parental Alienation?

Minor issues, such as arguments in front of the kids and ill-spoken words are fairly common in the initial stages of a divorce or separation. Though still harmful, these negative behaviors typically dissipate over time. Each parent heals from their grief or anger, sees the nature of their wrongs, and strives to improve for the benefit of the child. 

Parental alienation is different, specifically in terms of severity and the long-term continuance of the offending parent’s poor behavior. Their reasons behind it are varied (i.e. a need or desire to control, fear of losing the child’s love or affection, wanting to hurt or get even with the other parent), but the results are often devastatingly similar. The child suffers mentally and emotionally and, as a result, they may develop maladjustment issues, such as an identity crisis, depression, or even outright hatred toward a parent that they once loved dearly. 

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Wheaton parental alienation attorneysIn most healthy relationships, parents will work together during a divorce to protect the best interests of their children. They communicate, either with one another directly or through their attorneys, and are sensitive to the feelings and needs of their child when negotiating the details of their parenting plan, especially when it comes to the other parent.

Sadly, this is not the experience that every family has during divorce. Instead, one parent ends up fighting against the other, asserting their parental rights in hopes that they can still preserve the bond they have with their child. These parents are often victims of parental alienation. Why is this problematic, how can you recognize it in your divorce, and what can you do if you suspect that it is happening to you? The following information explains further.

Defining Parental Alienation

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