The syndrome recognizes that attempts at brainwashing or manipulating children at a young age may turn them against one of their parents. In most cases, the purpose of the alienation is usually to gain or retain custody without the involvement of the other parent. Often, this alienation extends beyond the other parent and includes the other parent's father's family and friends. Even if Parental Alienation Syndrome is not accepted as scientifically sound evidence in Court, the alienating behavior that can lead to the behavior symptoms in a child can certainly be presented as strong evidence to award or change custody so that the alienating behavior does not continue.
What are the signs?
One of the first important issues to preventing PAS is to recognize at an early stage when Parental Alienation is occurring. It is at the earliest stages that it is the easiest to combat. If you wait too long much damage may already have occurred in the parent-child relationship. Perhaps so much so that it influences decisions of custody evaluators, courts and their presiding Judges.
What are the signs?
Does your the other parent refuse to allow you to speak with your children on the telephone?
Does the other parent intentionally plan other activities for your children during your parenting times?
Does the other parent attempt to make your children see his/her new spouse as their real parent?
Does the other spouse throw out mail, gifts and other packages that you send to your children?
o Does the other parent vilify and belittle you in the presence of your children or allow others to do so?
Does the other parent refuse to inform you regarding your children's activities including school sports, extracurricular activities, plays and field trips?
Does the other parent unilaterally cancel parenting time?
One of the first important issues to preventing PAS is to recognize at an early stage when Parental Alienation is occurring. It is at the earliest stages that it is the easiest to combat. If you wait too long much damage may already have occurred in the parent-child relationship. Perhaps so much so that it influences decisions of custody evaluators, courts and their presiding Judges
These are just a few of the many signs. If any of these things are occurring, you must act quickly. Contact a lawyer to dicuss your options
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Author: Maury D. Beaulier is a recognized leader in divorce and family law. He is a sought after speaker and has appeared on National programs on a myriad of family law and father’s rights issues. He can be reached from his website at http://www.divorceprofessionals.com
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