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People love their children, so it is not uncommon for parents to go toe-to-toe with each other over getting custody of the kids. Sometimes the parents are motivated because they honestly believe that it would be what is best for the child. However, some parents are motivated by fear, anger, revenge and/or a desire to control. One parent could be afraid that if the child forms a bond with the other parent, this will hurt them in some way. Sometimes parents find themselves angry at their ex for whatever the reason may be, and so they act out of that anger. Parental Alienation Syndrome is when one parent psychologically manipulates a child to have unwarranted fear, disrespect, or hostility towards the other parent or family members. Believe it or not, this is quite common and does have a negative impact on the child.
Absolutely. Texas family courts have one goal in a custody case: to do what is in the 'best interests' of the child. Is it really in the children's best interest to be alienated from their mom or dad? Rarely. If the court determines that another parent should be kept away from the child, it will make the appropriate and necessary orders. By alienating the other parent though, they are taking matters into their own hands and out of the court's. That usually doesn't work out too well for most people. After a court (judge or jury) determines that one parent wrongfully manipulated the child, the may make the inference that this particular parent is incapable of acting in the best interests of the child. Not only will a court punish the parent that was alienating the other parent, it could lose them custody all together.