Divorce Poison: Parent Bashing & How to Respond
What does an Attorney tell a client whose ex-spouse is not playing fair in regards to the children? Ongoing attacks by a parent on another parent should not go unanswered. However, while we acknowledge that you my feel under “attack”, please stop & analyze and examine your motives before you disclose problems or concerns to the children. In the book Divorce Poison by Dr. Richard A. Warshak, there is a five-part test a parent should take before sharing information.
Once these questions have been asked, are there better ways to counteract negative facts or statements? The author suggests some “poison control”devices including:
Finally, counseling from an expert can help you identify a problem, analyze the severity, decide a plan of action, and proceed in a manner that does not cause further harm to your children.
Attorneys Ann Stuursma & Tara Velting
300 Ottwa Ave., N.W., Suite 800
Grand Rapids, MI 49503