Help bring awareness to and against Parental Alienation in Oklahoma

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My three children and I have been the victim of parental alienation since 2007. In December of 2016 my ex-wife and her husband took our children and moved to Maine. I have not seen nor spoken to my children in 3 1/2 years. Oklahoma currently does not have any laws against custodial kidnapping or accountability. We need new definitions clearly describing parental alienation as abuse here in Oklahoma. We need new laws enforcing the protection between both parents.

Parental Alienation also known as, Hostile Aggressive Parenting involves a series of behaviors that can effectively alienate a child from a parent. They are often seen in the context of high conflict divorce or custody cases, and are done by a third party, such as a parent, or extended family. 

Such behaviors interfere with the bond between a loving parent and child. It is a severe form of child abuse that is far too often overlooked and ignored within our own state's family court systems.

These behaviors can include speaking negatively about a parent to, or in front of, a child; interfering with communication and visitations, such as denial of, limiting, and/or monitoring, moving and leaving no contact information; denying the targeted parent information regarding the child's life, allowing children to make inappropriate decisions, such as if they want to see the other parent; and discussing inappropriate information with a child, such as details of the marriage, having a child relay inappropriate demands, court proceedings, and financial matters. 

The most common response of a child exposed to alienating behaviors is extreme resistance to contact with, or fear of, a parent without any justifiable cause.

These behaviors are both painful and destructive, and can leave deep and long-lasting emotional scars on a child persisting well into adulthood. Research has shown that children who have been alienated from a parent show a greater percentage of depression, low self-esteem, drug and alcohol problems, and difficulties in their own relationships.

While not everyone agrees on the terminology, most mental health and legal professionals acknowledge and agree that alienating behaviors, such as those above are damaging.

These behaviors, designed to take advantage of a child’s suggestibility and dependency, leave a child feeling confused, frightened, and insecure; all which are the results of being used, manipulated, and unprotected.

They can result in the loss of a relationship with a previously loving, supportive, and nurturing parent, and, in fact, send a message, that half of the child that is that of the other parent is unworthy. The child has “lost” a parent, and is given no permission to grieve.

Parental Alienation behaviors, under the term, Parental Interference, must be recognized, understood, and addressed to allow a child to love and be loved by both parents, regardless of the parents’ relationship to each other.

Please don't allow another child to suffer due to parental interference. Make the difference by signing this petition encouraging our states Senators and Legislatures to research and work towards passing laws against parental alienation and to and its forms of child abuse. Help me make a difference in our State of Oklahoma.

By your understanding the needless pain and suffering of innocent children you can appreciate that every signature is going to make a difference to help abolish this common abuse due to parental interference.

Remember “When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.” 

Children have an inborn sense of justice, mercy and love for both parents that shouldn't be denied as a result of a vindictive parent or a complacent legal system.



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