Divorce takes an emotional toll on all parties. The ending of a relationship can be a tough reality to face up to. Sadly, there are times when one spouse may lose sight of what’s most important, the best interests of the children.
Separating from your spouse might have been the best decision for you and your kids, but your spouse may not yet see this. An unwillingness to let go of the past can result in a person feeling bitter and determined to seek some sort of revenge.
Recognizing some of the more common signs that your children are being manipulated can help you to protect them from long-term harm.
How do you know your child is being weaponized?
Generally, it is in the best interests of the child to maintain a strong bond with both parents. This means seeing both parents on a regular basis and spending quality time with one another. Your co-parent should not interfere with this in an unjustified manner. If your child has made an accusation against you that is untrue, you have to consider where it has originated from.
As a parent, your focus will be ensuring that your child is safe and as happy as possible. They should not be manipulated into thinking that you wish them any harm.
What can you do about it?
Not only is your focus the best interests of the child, but this is also the priority of the courts in child custody cases. The court will frown upon manipulative behavior by either parent and will not hesitate to act should evidence of manipulation arise. You may find it beneficial to write everything down as it happens. For example, if your child has raised a false accusation about you having an affair, you should note this down. Having documentation allows you to present concrete evidence to the court, and they can then seek an appropriate remedy.
Issues over child custody can take time to settle, but with perseverance, you can come through the other side. As a parent in Kentucky, you have a host of legal rights at your disposal.