Get the facts about parental alienation

With parental alienation, one parent uses manipulation and other psychological tactics to turn the child against the other parent. In New York, you may receive full custody if you can prove that the other parent has engaged in alienation.

Review the characteristics of parental alienation if you suspect the other parent has been lying to damage your relationship with your children.

Visitation interference

Even with a custody schedule in place, the other parent may attempt to limit your contact with the children. He or she may cancel scheduled visits, intercept texts and phone calls, or schedule fun activities to encourage the child to stay home from visits. At the same time, he or she may tell your children that you do not want to see them or speak with them. When visits do occur, the other parent may prevent children from taking personal items to your house.

Inappropriate communication

The other parent may tell the children adult information about the reasons for the divorce. For example, he or she may say that you fell out of love and deserted the family. As a result, your child may feel hurt, angry and detached from you.

Sometimes, you may find that the other parent will gossip about you with the children. This may include information about your new relationships, your finances or your living arrangements. If your former spouse has a new partner, he or she may encourage the children to view that person as a parent instead of you.

These are not the only actions that may constitute parental alienation. If you have concerns about your relationship with your children, you may have legal recourse against this type of manipulation in New York.