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Parent Alienation – A danger to children

Parent Alienation – A danger to children


When asked what the parents in our class, Pro-Active Parenting and Divorce are most concerned about, very often they describe behavior that is known as Parent Alienation.

Parent Alienation is behavior by one parent that results in the children withdrawing or transferring affection from one parent to the other. When loyalty issues escalate and become out of control, parent alienation may occur.

Sometimes this behavior is a conscious decision on the part of one parent, or both parents. There may be obvious and open hostility towards the other parent, or mutual hostility. Sometimes it is more subtle, and sometimes it is not even a conscious effort.

One way parent alienation occurs is when one parent moves a considerable distance away from the other parent for perhaps “spite or control”. Even if the parent gets court approval, the loss of time spent with a loving parent is usually difficult for a child and not in the child’s best interest.

Children realize that the move will make it difficult if not impossible to spend consistent, “regular time” with mom or dad.

If you or someone you care about is in the process of divorce and have children this is something they should think about before they make any decisions.

If you are interested in more information on Parent Alienation or parenting during and after divorce please visit: Pro-Active Parenting After Divorce class online at or call 954-341-2555 x 206 for information regarding classroom schedules and the homestudy version.

Pro-Active Parenting after Divorce , Florida Court Approved Parent Education and Family Stabilization Class is coauthored by Karen Kaplan, MS.Ed, LMFT and Dr. Debbie Swayman, LMFT, Marriage and Family Therapists practicing in Coral Springs/Parkland Florida.

Pro-Active Parenting after Divorce is available on-line, on-site classroom in Coral Springs/Parkland and in Home Study formats, this program is a designed to educate parents who are in the process of divorce find useful tools to successfully co-parent after divorce. To accommodate more students, recently the classroom schedule has been expanded to include week day morning and weekend classes, as well as the evening schedule.

The course has been approved by the DCF/State of Florida and meets all requirements for the court-mandated parenting class required for all divorcing parents with children under the age of 18. To register for this course, visit or call 954-341-2555. A certificate of completion is available immediately upon completion of the course

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