What Are The Three Main Types Of Parental Alienation?

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When a parent engages in parental alienation with their child after a divorce, everyone suffers. It not only creates problems with the relationship between the child and their other parent, but the relationship between the alienator and their child can be damaged, as well. If you are a parent navigating a Florida divorce, it is important that you be able to recognize the three main types of parental alienation and have a plan to address any problems that may arise. For legal help with a parental alienation issue, contact our Boca Raton family attorneys for help.

Naïve Parental Alienation

The naïve alienator never intends to create friction between a child and their parent. These parents want their child to have a good relationship with both parents and rarely return to court to argue an issue after a divorce is finalized. This type of parental alienator will make passing comments or have the occasional argument with the other parent in front of their child. However, a naïve alienator is usually willing to discuss any problems that arise with these comments with either the child or the other parent and will work to address the issue. Typically, acknowledging a problem with a naïve alienator is enough to resolve any problems.

Active Parental Alienation

Active parental alienators have lasting frustration, bitterness, or resentment against the other parent that results in outbursts or lashing out in front of their child. Sometimes, an active alienator is incredibly rigid and inflexible when it comes to the arrangements for their child with the other parent as a passive way of seeking retribution. However, in many cases after an active alienator has caused or reinforced alienation against the other parent they do feel remorse and may try to fix the problem. It may take the intervention of a third party, such as a mediator or attorney, to address problems between parents with an active alienator.

Obsessive Parental Alienation

An obsessive parental alienator is actively working to alienate their child from the other parent. Their purpose is to alienate their child from the other parent and destroy their relationship. An obsessed alienator has substantial negative feelings, such as bitterness or betrayal, that intensifies during and after divorce proceedings. Just seeing or communicating with the other parent about the child is often enough to trigger alienating activity from an obsessive parental alienator. In order to avoid an obsessive alienator from permanently destroying a child’s relationship with the other parent, identification and intervention on these behaviors is required as soon as possible, especially if the child is young and impressionable. An attorney and the courts are almost always required to deal with the actions of an obsessive parental alienator.

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