Divorce can cause children to experience emotional and mental duress, but practical and reasonable child custody orders can reduce the stress the youngest members of a North Dakota family may experience during this difficult time. Family law decisions can have a long-term impact on a child, as well as how parents act after their divorce is final. This is particularly true for parental alienation.
Parental alienation happens when one parent tries to harm the relationship a child has with the other parent. Hard feelings between former spouses can carry over into how a parent approaches a custody plan, ultimately causing harm to the child. By making consistent negative comments, interfering in communication and excluding the other parent, it is possible to change how a child thinks about and perceives his or her parent.
This is unfair to both a parent and child, and there is significant evidence to suggest that this can impact a child over time. Parental alienation can permanently harm the way a child thinks about his or her parent, even carrying those feelings into adulthood. If a North Dakota parent suspects this is happening, there are steps he or she can take to make it stop.
Family law issues don’t always improve once the divorce is final. It may be necessary for a parent to fight for a healthy relationship with his or her children if the other parent is not cooperative or is intentionally trying to cause harm. In situations where parental alienation is happening, it can help to start with an assessment of the case and explanation of the potential legal options available.