Parental alienation is not looked upon favorably by Texas courts. However, courts do not always properly understand the concept and may not reach the right decisions when one parent has brought this to their attention. Parental alienation is actually a complicated concept that places the children in a complex situation of co-dependency with the parent.
The parents who are doing the alienation are usually the ones who are both angry about the divorce and have an anger problem in general. They need to find an outlet for their anger and an ally for their situation. They choose the children and use them as a pawn in their desire to get even with the other parent. They may then proceed to feed the children with a steady stream of falsehoods about the other parent while seeking emotional care from the children.
Parental alienation actually ends up being incredibly damaging to the children. The problem is when the parent is effective in this course of action. Then, the court will have some difficulty distinguishing between alienation and whether a child truly does not want to be around the other parent. The judge may impose harsh sanctions on the parent who is engaging in this conduct. This can include a change to the custody agreement to completely remove the children from the custody of the alienating parent.
Parents who are facing this situation have a multitude of challenges, including the long-term damage that it can do to the children. They may want to work with a child custody attorney to see if there is a way to put a stop to this behavior. The attorney might file for a modification of the custody agreement if the situation is egregious enough to merit it or may otherwise be able to persuade the judge to issue an order.