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Understanding Parental Alienation During Your Wisconsin Divorce

Posted on in Divorce/Family Law

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Getting a divorce is an end of what is usually a long and intimate relationship. Many people who go through a breakup or a divorce have difficulty coping with and accepting the end of the union. This can lead them to do things that they normally would not do. Unfortunately, in some divorces involving children, one parent might begin to use the children as a weapon against their spouse. This is known as parental alienation and it can be damaging to both the parent who is being alienated and the children who are being manipulated. If you suspect that your spouse may be alienating you, it is critical that you seek professional legal counsel to make sure your parental rights are protected. 

What Is Parental Alienation?

In many divorces, one spouse is usually more upset about the situation than the other. In these types of situations, one parent may begin to lash out and attempt to hurt the other parent in any way possible. Children are an easy target for hurting the other parent because of their emotional connection. The alienating parent can begin to use the children against the other parent as a form of revenge.  

Warning Signs of Parental Alienation

It can be distressing to wonder if your ex-spouse is trying to turn your children against you. There are often many warning signs that you can look for if you expect it is happening. These signs can include:

  • Your child asks you not to come to certain places or events

  • Your child becomes unusually sad or depressed

  • Your child or your ex-spouse discludes you from the child’s school activities or parent-teacher conferences

  • Your child challenges or provokes you or other family members through defiant behavior

Once you are able to recognize the signs and symptoms of parental alienation, you can begin to take steps to help negate the effects of what your spouse has done. In some cases, a court may assign most or all of the parenting time to an alienated parent. Your situation should be examined by skilled divorce attorneys who will be able to advise you of your best course of action.

Contact a Racine County Divorce Attorney 

In some divorces, relations between the spouses are not always civil. Parental alienation can often be an attempt by one parent to hurt the other parent, using the children as pawns. These divorces are often riddled with conflict and in some cases, the parents might not be able to get along with one another or facilitate the quality of communication needed to effectively co-parent. If you are in such a situation, the team at the Bucher Law Group, LLC can help you and your spouse create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your children. To schedule a free consultation with one of our knowledgeable Milwaukee County parenting time lawyers, call our office today at 262-303-4916.







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