When you go through a divorce, you may feel trapped under all the stress. While your guard is down, an ex-partner with bad intentions can take advantage of the situation. This often happens in cases of parental alienation.
Parental alienation involves the alienating parent trying to ruin your relationship with your child. They may use many tactics to go about this. But fortunately, you can spot warning signs early on.
Reluctance to be near you
The Psychiatric Times take a look at signs of parental alienation, both subtle and obvious. The most obvious sign is also the one parents often pick up on first. In this case, it will likely be the way your child interacts with you. Your child who had no issue with you previously may suddenly express reluctance to spend time with you. They could put up a fight when they have to spend time at your place. This behavior may change as the stay goes on, but will likely be back to how it was before if they leave and come back later.
A lack of solid reasoning
Children displaying this sort of rejection have no good reason for it, either. When asked, they may not be able to give an answer at all. If they do give one, it is likely blatant lies or nitpicky issues that do not really matter. For example, they may cite troubles with the cleanliness of your home, when it is not that dirty.
If you notice these issues happening, consider contacting a legal expert. They can help you decide what to do next, if it is a case of parental alienation.