It’s uncommon for divorced parents in Florida and elsewhere to get along most of the time. After all, they are divorced for a reason. However, even if you would rather never speak to your ex again, you both have children together, and it’s important for your kids to have a healthy relationship with both parents.
Deliberately restricting one parent from having a relationship with the other is a common occurrence, sadly. In fact, this phenomenon has a name, according to Psychology Today – parental alienation syndrome. When your kids are alienated from the other parent, it doesn’t just hurt the parent who spends limited time with the children. It can cause lasting psychological damage to the children. Psychologists say that the parent who does the alienating is usually the least emotionally stable of both parents, and he or she is likely to be the one with primary custody. The following tactics are common with parental alienation syndrome:
- Bad-mouthing the other parent to the children
- Blaming the other parent or making false accusations against him or her
- Recruiting other family members and friends to take sides against the other parent
- Sabotaging the kids’ visitation and parenting time with the other parent
Regardless of whether the alienating parent thinks he or she has valid reasons to keep your children from having a relationship with you, you have the right to see them as outlined in your divorce agreement. When efforts to communicate and cooperate with your ex fail, you may need to seek legal counsel, which is why this information alone should not serve as legal advice.