Divorce is often one of the most difficult things that you can go through. If you have children, the divorce can feel even more trying emotionally.
Beyond that, if you think that parental alienation is occurring, you might be particularly stressed. If you need to understand the signs, here are some things to look out for.
A shift in attitude
One of the first things you need to look out for is a shift in attitude. You may notice a change in attitude from your former spouse, and from your children, as well. You may notice that they are not as open or receptive to you as they were before. They may also seem more closed off and distant. This change in attitude can happen quickly, or it may progress over time.
An increase in tension
Along with a change in attitude, you may also notice increased tension between you and your children. They may start more arguments with you, or generally be less cooperative. They may also find reasons to spend less time with you or make accusations about things in general. You may also notice that they speak more favorably of the other parent, or seem to favor them over you. In some cases, your children may even become hostile towards you and refuse to spend time with you altogether.
Divorce is a difficult road to travel. It can be even more challenging if you feel that your relationship with your children is being negatively impacted by parental alienation. The more aware you are of the signs, the better equipped you will be to take action against it.