When parents in North Carolina divorce, dealing with the aftermath is often a traumatic and difficult experience. In some cases, the transition happens slowly and painstakingly. Other parents may adapt a little better and the transition might be quicker and smooth.
And sometimes, one parent may intentionally insert hurdles to make the transition harder. This could be what you and your child face in cases of parental alienation.
Why does PAS happen?
Healthline examines symptoms tied to parental alienation syndrome. This results from parental alienation. In this situation, one parent deploys manipulative tactics to coerce a child into forsaking the other parent.
This happens for many reasons. Most of them stem from a parent’s disdain for their ex-spouse. They cannot stand to see you have a continued good relationship with your child and want to end it. Unfortunately, this harms both you and your child.
PAS as a form of psychological abuse
PAS is a form of child psychological abuse. If your child experiences this, they will likely end up dealing with the repercussions for years to come. Children of PAS struggle with trust and relationship issues in the future. They may have trouble forming bonds with peers. They might also suffer from anxiety or depression stemming from the abuse.
In some cases, they may struggle with addiction that forms as a coping mechanism. These issues often persist well into adulthood. The sooner you notice symptoms of PAS, the sooner you can take action to combat it. It is possible to take an alienating parent to court, which may help you set things straight. Please contact our law firm for more information.