April 25, 2018, will mark the Tenth Annual Parental Alienation Awareness Day with events taking place in over 30 countries around the world.
Awareness of the broken family court system is sometimes not recognized until well after the adverse impact felt by both the targeted parent and child(ren). Parental Alienation is sometimes scrutinized and debated on how it can be identified, classified and defined but, regardless of the terminology, the result is a situation where a child and parent find themselves in a place where the family bond they once shared becomes obstructed.
“The psychological manipulation targets the most innocent individual—the one falling in between the ‘v’ and ‘s’ of Mom ‘vs’ Dad—the child. In this way, a child can show signs of disrespect, fear and irrational anger towards the targeted parent or family member. This results in the relationship and bond deteriorating over time and often to a point where a parent and many family members lose the ability to communicate, visit and be a part of that child’s life—in other words, they become erased.” — Excerpt from Parental Alienation is Erasing Family
“A son or daughter who once ran to you with open arms excited to see you, now screams for the other parent while seemingly thinking the worst of you in that moment. The comments such as, ‘I hate you, I don’t want to be here…you’re evil just like [the other parent] says’ can be devastating as you try to keep calm, cool, and collected in doing your best to demonstrate what it means to unconditionally love your child. It is at these moments—where you see them turning against you and pushing you away—that you realize this is when they need you the most.” — Excerpt from A Broken System: Parental Alienation
Often aligned with ordeals involving custody disputes and cases found within the confines of the Family Law arena, parental alienation is one of the worst in terms of the impact it has on everyone involved as it leaves a type of sadness and pain in its wake that never truly heals—for the parent or the child.
Having written on the subject of the dysfunction found within family law and in recognition of all those impacted, my recently published book, “A Broken System: Family Court in the United States” (2018, Lasting Impact Press) will be free to download from Amazon.com on April 25th-26th.
Related, here on GMP:
Divorcing parents don’t realize it until they are blindsided. But why is the system broken?
The broken family court system is exposed in this e-book anthology by GMP contributor Stephen Krasner.
Manipulation of a child’s mind and attachment bonds in a negative way is abusive. So is Parental Alienation.
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