While going through a divorce, one of the most important issues parents will have to address is child custody and visitation. This a sensitive matter, and you know how important it is to maintain a strong relationship with your child, even after the divorce is final. One way you can do this is by ensuring that you have a reasonable child custody plan in place that provides a way for your child to have as much stability and security as possible.
Even with a fair and reasonable child custody plan in place, you may find that the other parent is not cooperative. In fact, you may suspect that he or she is working to turn your child against you. This is parental alienation, and it can do permanent damage to the relationship you have with your child. It is beneficial to take immediate action to prevent this from happening completely or to make it stop as soon as possible if it is already ongoing.
Fighting for the relationship you have with your child
Children benefit when allowed to maintain a good relationship with both parents after a divorce is final. Nebraska fathers may find that they are at a disadvantage, despite courts being more likely to grant joint custody than in the past. If you are a dad and you notice any of the following behaviors from your children or former spouse, it may be an indicator of parental alienation:
- Your child is acting differently around you, or he or she no longer wants to spend time in your home.
- The other parent is no longer cooperating with the terms of your custody and visitation order, including refusal to return the child at the designated time.
- Your child says things about you that are not true, indicating the other parent is talking negatively about you to the kids.
Parental alienation is harmful and unacceptable. You have the right to fight for the relationship you have with your kids, including making parental alienation stop. If there is proof the other parent is trying to harm the relationship you have with your kids, a court may require additional parenting time, counseling and other remedies. If you suspect something is wrong, don’t remain silent. You can take steps to shield your kids and protect your parental rights.