Parental Alienation is a serious issue/crime that affects both men and women, but as you can imagine men are the majority of victims. Most cases are not as severe as what has taken place with Vincent and Tyler but many are. It is our hope to help others with this story and teach others who do have good contact information for the other parent i.e. phone, address, etc. how to properly fight the issue to protect themselves and their children. Below are “Parental Alienation” definitions with links to articles in Psychology Today and Ohio resources. This issue can be fought legally and be punishable by law up to the child’s age of 21 in most cases.
Parental alienation is a serious offense that can damage the relationship between your child and their other parent. The Department of Justice considers “damaging one’s relationship with his or her children” to be emotional abuse, and is covered by laws punishable under Ohio Revised Code as well as punishable by law in many other states. If you are not a resident of Ohio the information below will still be very helpful and you should search the laws and revised codes in your area. Parental Alienation is defined as:
1.) Parental alienation involves a set of strategies, including bad-mouthing the other parent, limiting contact with that parent, erasing the other parent from the life and mind of the child (forbidding discussion and pictures of the other parent), forcing the child to reject the other parent, creating the impression that the other parent is dangerous, forcing the child to choose between the parents by means of threats of withdrawal of affection, and belittling and limiting contact with the extended family of the targeted parent. In my own research on non-custodial parents who have become disengaged from their children’s lives (Kruk, 2011), I found that most lost contact involuntarily, many as a result of parental alienation. Constructive alternatives to adversarial methods of reconnecting with their children were rarely available to alienated parents.
2.) The act of a parent, relative or friend speaking badly to a child about one of his or her parents in an effort to sabotage the parent-child relationship. In the case of a divorce, for example, if the mother tells the child lies about the father in order to make him appear untrustworthy, it is considered parental alienation. In the state of Ohio, parental alienation is recognized, meaning that action can be taken against anyone who engages in it. If you are a victim of parental alienation in Ohio, contact a state bar certified lawyer that specializes in family law.