Parental alienation is becoming a more frequent discussion in family court cases. The concern is often raised when there is difficulty with a parent-child relationship or parent-child access. Unfortunately, parental alienation is a term which is often misunderstood – sometimes very misunderstood.
A passive example is when the alienating parent says things like, *I asked him if he wanted to go to your house, and he said he had too much homework.* An active or overt alienation example may be when the parenting parent makes disparaging remarks or displays negative conduct directed at the rejected parent in front of the child.
The child's conduct becomes evident as *alienated* when they begin adopting an attitude of rejection in which their words and behavior minimize the importance of the relationship with the rejected parent. The child may even mimic the disparaging comments or negative conduct they have heard from or seen displayed by the alienating parent.
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