Just like around the rest of the globe, when parties divorce in New York sometimes they don’t play nice where the kids are concerned. Parental alienation is the worse offense a former spouse can commit against another. It has to do when one parent turns the children against the other one by habitually bad-mouthing the parent, involving the children in the adult conflict, manipulating the children into hating the other parent, or disrespecting the other parent or fearing the other parent, and in other ways imposing your animosity for your spouse onto the children. It is common in particularly combative and acrimonious splits. But it can be avoided if both sides agree to take the high road at least for the sake of the children.
Originally published October 20, 2006