If you have children, your divorce may be more complex than if you did not. Having kids can make things more complicated in many ways.
This can be especially true if your children spend more time with your former spouse, or you feel that your relationship with your kids is getting strained. Knowing the signs of parental alienation can help you prevent it and maintain healthy relationships with your kids.
What is parental alienation?
Parental alienation is when your children become alienated from you, and your relationship with them begins to suffer. This can be due to the divorce itself, or because your former spouse or another party is finding ways to turn your children against you.
How to know if it is affecting you
It may not always be easy to tell if parental alienation is occurring right away. One sign that it is, is that your children often accuse you of things, whether or not there is any basis for it. If your children clearly favor their other parent or begin to refuse to spend time with you, it could be a sign that alienation is occurring. Additionally, if their attitude changes toward you change quickly or seemingly out of nowhere, it may be a good idea to look into whether or not parental alienation is happening.
Divorce can be hard, and maintaining healthy relationships afterward can be too. If you know what parental alienation looks like, it can be easier for you to combat it, and keep a healthy relationship with your children.