If a child suddenly decides that he or she doesn't want to be around one of his or her parents anymore, it may not have anything to do with that parent. In some cases, parents in Pennsylvania may be victims of attempted parental alienation. It is important to note that while a child may not admit to being coached or coerced in any way, the adult is still responsible for turning a child against a mother or father.
Other signs of parental alienation include requests for a mother or father to stop being present in his or her child's life. This could include requests for someone to not attend school or youth sports events. Parents that are the target of an alienation attempt may not be told about teacher conferences or other important appointments involving their children's well-being. A custodial parent may tell a child his or her mother or father is not good enough to spend time with him or her.
In some cases, people may say mean or discouraging things about their ex-spouses in the presence of their kids. Children may be discouraged from remembering good times shared with a parent or associating positive feelings with that person. Finally, children may become defiant or otherwise disrespectful, and this may occur in kids that have had no past incidents of defiant behavior.
Individuals that are seeking custody of their children may wish to encourage their kids to have positive relationships with both parents if it is appropriate to do so. Taking such action may help to meet the child's best interest, which may convince a judge to craft a ruling favorable to the individual seeking maximum custody or other parental rights. An attorney may be able to help a parent obtain custody or other rights, such as visitation or regular electronic contact with his or her son or daughter.