Parental Alienation is the manipulation of a child in which one parent tries to alienate the other parent. The alienating parent will either covertly or overtly use the child as a weapon against the targeted parent.
An alienating parent views their child as an object they can use in their attempt to punish the other parent during a high conflict divorce situation. A long-term attempt at alienation can leave the child suffering from what some refer to as "Parental Alienation Syndrome."
Although PAS is not included in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders it is becoming more recognized by the Family Court as a reason to remove custody from one parent to the other.
For that reason it is important for you, a parent who may be targeted by an alienating parent to understand what Parental Alienation is and how to cope with the issue. The more you know, the better you will cope!
What Is Parental Alienation?
How to Cope With Parental Alienation