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What is Parental Alienation?
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In some cases, a child’s fear for their mother or father is warranted, for example, due to abuse. However, there is a big challenge trying to establish whether a parent’s alienation is real or is by deliberate actions of the other parent. The court system, mental health workers and lawyers do not have enough skills and knowledge to ascertain whether the alienation is real or is due to pure malice by one parent.
Research shows that when parents work on upholding a healthy relationship after separation, their children are less likely to be affected psychologically.
First and foremost, most children who suffer from parental alienation are of school-going age. They spend most of their time in school and therefore, schools need training on how to handle the parental alienation problem. Schools only side with the parent who spends the most time with the children instead of also involving the alienated parent by let’s say, sending them the progress of their child in school or inviting them for school events.
Mediation offers many benefits in dealing with parental alienation. Here are some of the benefits.
• A mediator identifies the early stages of parental alienation prevents it
A mediator can interact with both parents and study their parenting techniques and how they relate to each other and their children. This way, the mediator can detect the initial signs of irrational conduct and deal with it. A mediator operates from the point of neutrality and does not side with any parent hence there is no bias.
• Dealing with a mediator is time-saving
Divorce cases in court take up a lot of time, and as a result of many arising conflicts and accusations, they are occasionally delayed. Mediators, on the other hand, can identify the problem quickly and bring in a neutral and professional psychologist to assist the affected family.
Parental alienation can lead to strained relationships within the family at large that affect the well-being of everyone eventually. Mediation is an excellent way to curb Parental Alienation Syndrome.