Many Tennessee parents may fear the day when their children do not want to spend as much time with them as they used to. Typically, this occurs when children reach teenage years or as they develop their own senses of independence. However, after divorce, some parents may notice that their children become harsh and distant, and while this could be an emotional side effect of the family split, it could also indicate a child custody issue.

When parents no longer get along, a chance for parental alienation could exist. One parent who wants to get revenge or otherwise feels more important than the other parent may take actions to keep the children away. The alienating parent may first make excuses for not allowing visits, such as the child not feeling well or needing to work on homework.

Over time, however, the parent could influence and manipulate the children into thinking they do not want the other parent around. Kids may tell the other parent that they do not want him or her to come to sporting events, parent-teacher meetings or other events. The children may also refuse to acknowledge the bond they previously had with that parent and may also become argumentative or attempt to provoke the parent.

These reactions may not only seem distressing, but they could also point to a need to revisit the child custody agreement. If a parent is failing to adhere to the terms of the agreement in order to alienate the other parent or if there is concern over the children’s well-being, there may be reason to pursue a modification of the custody order. Tennessee parents who feel that their relationships with their children may be at risk could find it helpful to consult with knowledgeable attorneys about their options.

Source:, “9 Warning Signs of Parental Alienation and What To Do About Them“, May 7, 2018