Understanding Parental Alienation
Parental alienation is a high-stakes game with serious, long-term consequences for the children involved. When a child is manipulated into showing unwarranted fear or hostility toward the targeted parent and used as a pawn in one parent’s agenda against the other, it alters their sense of reality and normalizes deceit in the context of relationships. What causes a parent to put their child in this position?
Board Certified Marital and Family Law attorney Charles Jamieson has been protecting parental and family rights for the past 37 years. As lead legal consultant to individuals with divorce issues in more than 20 states, Mr. Jamieson has developed a wealth of experience in the field of family law services and collaborative family law, and he is respected among child support lawyers, domestic violence attorneys, and divorce attorneys alike in his home state of Florida.
Today, Charlie sits down with Katherine to discuss the spectrum of parental alienation, explaining why cases of extreme alienation are difficult to treat with traditional therapy. He shares case studies of extreme parental alienation and describes how the practice impacts the child long-term. Charlie makes the distinction between estrangement and alienation, offering insight around how to identify when a child is being programmed. Listen in to understand why children will lie to earn the victor parent’s approval and get Charlie’s advice on what to do if you are the target of mild alienation.
The definition of parental alienation
Why extreme alienation is difficult to treat with traditional therapy
Case studies of extreme parental alienation
How parental alienation alters a child’s fundamental sense of reality
How to identify when a child is being programmed by the alienating parent
The idea of frivolous rationalizations (i.e.: I don’t feel safe because Dad yells)
The distinction between estrangement and alienation
How brittle parenting can be remedied with coaching, therapy
The concept of alignment with a divorcing parent
How escalating tensions in litigation can lead to baseless abuse allegations
Why children will lie to earn the approval of the victor parent
How spending time with your children serves as the antidote to alienation
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