Dealing with Parental Alienation Syndrome

Dealing with Parental Alienation Syndrome

By Julianne Fitzgerald
On 28 Jul, 2016

    As a divorce parent you must be already facing enough confusion. Parental alienation syndrome adds one more problem to the growing pile. Your ex-spouse will simply turn your child against you. But how is that possible? He or she will become an expert at making nasty remarks about you in front of the kids. This will initiate an emotional storm and disorder called parental alienation syndrome, where children are manipulated into thinking you are not a good parent. Even if your ex-spouse thinks you are not the best version of yourself, he or she should keep these negative remarks to him or herself because after all, your blood runs through your children’s veins.

    The concept of parental alienation syndrome was developed about 20 years ago by Psychiatrist Richard Gardner. He says that this disorder often arises during child custody disputes. The primary goal of this self-righteous campaign is to alienate what you love most in this world, your children.

    The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in England are offering targeted support to families affected by this disorder with an intensive therapeutic pilot programme. The pilot focuses on meeting the needs of the child first by making sure parents take some time apart to reconsider their negative behavior. The basic goal is to help parents collaborate with each other and promote the child’s healthy interaction with both parents. The program has been successful so far with 87% of participants. According to statements by parents participating, they seem to have a new perspective and openness after going through the assessment process.

    Sadly, parental alienation is part of a high percentage of the contentious cases field in family law courts these days. Although the American Psychiatric Association doesn’t diagnose alienation syndrome (PAS) as a mental disorder, it’s a serious situation affecting many families in America. But the other side of the coin has a different face. Several organizations and experts are concerned about the safety of the child. Abusive parents make take advantage of the whole situation and claim PAS in custody battles. This opens the doors to the wrong kind of behavior and children will obviously refuse to see the abuser. Abusive parents who successfully claim PAS are a threat to the wellbeing of the child.

    Contact a family lawyer from Gallardo Law Firm and we will be more than glad to assist you with any Florida family law questions you may have. Our family law attorneys are some of the best in town.