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Parental Alienation Syndrome: what to look for

There are many different ways to successfully divorce, but there are also many ways that divorcing parents in Atlanta not only set themselves up for a very difficult and emotional divorce, but also cause real problems for their children. Although issues of fathers' rights may seem like they only affect Georgia fathers, children can also become distraught, damaged and suffer long-term consequences. One of those consequences is developing Parental Alienation Syndrome.

This syndrome is, as its name implies, where a child alienates one parent while latching on to another. It is more than just choosing a favorite, however. One of the symptoms of Parental Alienation Syndrome is that the child sees the alienated parent as being utterly and completely flawed. Everything the parent does is wrong and the child will reject any positive or happy memories of the parent. At the same time, the other parent is perceived as being perfect.

Another symptom is to place the blame on the alienated parent. The reason why the alienated parent and the child don't get along or don't communicate is no one's fault but the alienated parent's. Moreover, the child feels no guilt over how he or she is making the alienated parent feel, nor does he or she sympathize with how the other parent is feeling.

Parental Alienation Syndrome is more than just typical teenage angst, too. It can have long-lasting and devastating effects on both the parent and the child. By respecting both parents' rights and committing to not involving the children in any negative feelings a parent has for the other, divorcing parents can prevent this syndrome from developing.

Source: Minnesota Lawyer, "In divorce, alienation a big risk," Paul M. Reitman and Adam Gierok, April 12, 2013

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