It’s been called the ultimate form of child abuse –parents brainwashing their children against an ex-spouse in order to win custody. Could you be harming your child emotionally and not even know it? For 12 years, Chrissy and her ex-husband, Dennis, have been embroiled in a nasty custody battle for their two children. Dennis says that Chrissy badmouths him and his new wife, Gina, to their children and even took out a protective order against him, while Chrissy feels that her ex is an extreme disciplinarian who is teaching their kids to be pathological liars. Areva Martin, attorney and women’s advocate, examines Chrissy’s legal position, while Lisa Bloom, CBS legal analyst, weighs in on Dennis’ side. Will the parents reach a truce for the sake of their kids, or will they continue to battle it out in court? Plus, Dr. Phil speaks to former guest Bridget Marks, who made headlines when she had to hand over her twin daughters to their biological father after a court ruled that she falsely accused him of molestation.
The answer is yes!
Replied By: sdeggo on Oct 21, 2010, 6:35PM - In reply to taceymom
You better believe that people are this selfish... for the alienating parent to "win" they will go to any lengths. Surely you have heard of parents who have gone to the ultimate extreme of alienation by killing the children when they are driven to make the other parent suffer. There certainly are lesser degrees of alienation that still harm children emotionally. Alienated children don't necessarily have it good either from the parent who does the alienating because the parent is emotionally unbalanced. I recommend "Cutting the Ties that Bind- Adult Children of Parental Alienation" by Amy J L Baker.
My brother lost his children to Parental Alienation. When a parent is driven to erase the other parent from the children's lives, there is no reasoning/mediating with the individual. It's as if the person's very existence weighs on being the "winner" of the children's affections. The alienating parent will go to great lengths to ensure this happens, especially through character assassination by claiming physical and sexual abuse. My nieces were alienated in part starting in 1993 and fully since 2001. The mother even had them assume their step-father's surname to further the alienation. My brother faithfully paid his child support in full despite having his children essentially adopted out from him without his consent. The only reprimand handed down to the mother by a judge was to tell her she was despicable for practicing alienation. My brother has said the saddest day of his life was receiving the court notice that he no longer had to pay child support when they turned 18... the monthly payment was the only connection he had left to his children. Parental Alienation often has long-term emotional consequences for the children well into adulthood. It is time this form of child abuse is recognized by professionals and by the courts so early intervention can be initiated!
Parental Alienation with expert researcher Amy Baker, outspoken sitting family Judge Harvey Brownstone, practing PA psychologist Barbara Jo Fidler, & highy acclaimed lawyer and child advocate Jeffery Wilson
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