In custody and divorce matters, sometimes one parent may intercede in the relationship between the child and their “Other Parent.” This letter shares how the child is impacted by these actions.
In last month’s blog, I explained how reunification counseling can be utilized in divorce and family law cases and this month, it may be helpful to understand some of the ways in which this counseling becomes necessary in the first place. It is an unfortunate part of divorce and separation that sometimes parents can intentionally, […]
Can you restore your relationship with your child after parental alienation has taken place?
Surviving a Toxic Divorce: Parental Alienation
Slowly, hope is building for children suffering from a form of psychological abuse known as “parental alienation” because of the growing awareness about parental alienation and its harm to children. One example is the relevant authors of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) saying that parental alienation is in DSM-5. […]
Divorce brings a whole new set of complications to parenting. Having to deal with an unreasonable or vindictive former spouse adds additional stress to the situation. It may not be possible to parent as a team, and that is okay. Having a detailed parenting plan lessens the need to keep going back and forth on […]
Trust is at the core of all meaningful relationships, but what happens when that trust is lost? How does a parent move on after experiencing emotional betrayal by a family member in divorce and custody matters? How does a parent overcome the horrific emotional strife that sometimes accompanies custody and divorce while striving to maintain […]
Parental Alienation Syndrome, which was once called “maternal brainwashing,” is very common in divorces and other family law proceedings, especially if there is a high level of conflict. Bear in mind that it only takes one spouse to create a sufficient amount of conflict in these situations. In a nutshell, PAS is an alienating parent’s […]
Last night, I binged on House Of Cards, the Netflix drama. Frank Underwood, diabolical President of the United States (Kevin Spacey), gave Claire, his equally evil First Lady (Robin Wright), a pair of 2 Carat diamond earrings. Big ones. A sign of love? Hardly. It was bait. He needed her cooperation. How could she say […]
Most of us are aware of the challenges that go along with the breakdown of the family when partners divorce. Once a couple decides to divorce, many issues and questions arise that had never been previously contemplated by the couple, such as who gets custody of the children, how to divide the marital property, finances, […]