Never alienate a parent by:
- Manipulating children to make choices about care and contact.
- Blaming the other parent openly for the breakdown of the family.
- Scheduling activities with the child in the other parent’s contact time.
- Asking the child personal questions about the other parent’s life.
- Listening in to the child’s telephone conversations with the other parent, and sometimes refusing to allow the other parent telephonic access to the child.
- Refusing to allow the other parent access to school or medical records.
- Reacting with sadness when the child relates a good story about their contact with the other parent.
- Telling the child about the gory details of the separation or other issues to put the other parent in a bad light.
- Physically or psychologically ‘rescuing’ the child from the other parent when there is no threat to their safety.
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