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Is Parental Alienation an Actual Psychological Condition and How Do I Prove the Other Parent Is Alienating My Child from Me?

Boyd Family Law June 14, 2023

Parental alienation is not recognized as an official psychiatric or psychological diagnosis, but it is a term that is often used to describe a situation where one parent is trying to turn a child against the other parent. It can occur in high-conflict divorces or separations, and it can be detrimental to the child's emotional well-being and their relationship with the other parent.

Proving parental alienation can be difficult, as it often involves subtle behaviors and attitudes that are not easily observable. However, there are several signs that may suggest that parental alienation is taking place, such as the child expressing negative or derogatory comments about the other parent, the child refusing to see or spend time with the other parent, and the child seeming fearful or anxious about interacting with the other parent.

If you believe that your child's other parent is engaging in parental alienation, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney in Texas who can help you understand your options and advise you on the best course of action. You may be able to seek court intervention to address the issue, such as through a modification of custody or visitation orders. However, it will be important to have evidence to support your claims of parental alienation, such as witness statements or records of communication between the parties, to help persuade the court to take action.

I can help you understand the legal process, gather evidence, and present your case effectively in court.