Parental Alienation Essay

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Parental Alienation has had an enormous impact on my life. Being, separated from my daughters was the most dramatic event I have ever experienced. Preferably, I would be writing about the joyfulness of marriage and fatherhood. However, in this case it is not to be a happy conclusion, yet. For a time, there was nothing more pleasurable in my life. There is nothing, I can truly say that can compare to the emotions of becoming a father for the first time. Perhaps that is, why there is nothing that can compare to the pain of parental alienation. To have the greatest gifts you have ever received, taken away from you, it is too painful to imagine for those who have been lucky enough to ever, experience fatherhood.
Parental alienation comes about when one parent, most often the custodial parent of a divorced or separated couple, manipulates their child/children into believing that the other parent has rejected them. Which in turn the child/children are encouraged to reject the accused parent. In addition, alienation is often the systematic condemnation by one parent, by the other with the intent to alienate the child/children against the other parent. In divorce proceedings, the purpose generally is to gain or in some cases to retain custody without the involvement of the non-custodial parent. Parental Alienation Syndrome is what occurs when the child/children are subject to this treatment. Parental Alienation Syndrome only applies when there is evidence of parental manipulation and there is no other explicable reason for the behavior toward the non-custodial parent. For example, the parent in question was, abusive to the child/children in any manner.
I found that there are two distinctive characteristics of Parental Alienation Syndrome, legally and medically. Parents who are aggressive separations characteristically suffer from a multitude of mental issues, namely depression, resentment, and antagonism toward the other parent. Legally, Parental Alienation Syndrome is, recognized as a behavior pattern, but often goes under the classifications of schooling, rehearsing and conditioning. The courts however, even though they recognize the behaviors, it is rarely acted upon; because this type of coerciveness is a form emotional abuse it is often difficult to define.
Divorce is a stressful and distressing to lives of all those involved. The trauma for children is especially severe. In spite of what many surmise, children do not handle divorce well and under stressful circumstances are, difficult. The breakdown of...

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