What has worked for me and others may not work for you. Each case is different, but each case does involve a selfish parent who is unable to let go of the anger and hurt of the failed relationship and uses the children as collateral to control.
I suggest keeping a diary of some sort. I made a blog that is private and documented my feelings, wrote letters to my son and scanned documentation as proof. This allowed me to separate my documents and print them for my attorney. I also kept a large calendar that I wrote visitations, times and ease or difficulty of transfer on. I set up with my cell phone company to track calls made or received by my son as well as my ex. This comes in handy when claims are made that the target parent does not call or claims are made that your child calls more than what is documented. I made copies of all doctor visits, as claims were made I did not allow my son to visit the doctor. My insurance company also has a website that allows me to document this. I also used a tracking program for emails, since my ex loved to state that he did not receive an email. This program stated when it was sent, when it was read and if it was forwarded by the recipient. This was helpful when my ex would claim he did not receive an email, but my program showed not only that he read it several times, but he forwarded it. Not only can these documents be helpful to your attorney, you should also share these with your counselor.
If counseling is ordered by the courts I suggest complying with that. Your ex and child/children may attend one or two sessions and if you are lucky---- more. I suggest continuing with counseling even if the other participants ordered refuse to attend. I first learned about parental alienation because of counseling and was given suggestions of resources to read.
As a target parent you are going to have to get a thick skin, turn the other cheek, smile when it is painful and be the incredible parent, even when it is most difficult. If you have visitation and are refused, you still need to not only make the effort, but be there at the time stated and not late. As we all know, traffic can be unpredictable and while perhaps acceptable for your job that you will be late due to the unforeseen traffic----as a target parent this is unacceptable and will be used against you. I made several 6 hour round trips knowing my son would not be there when I arrived, but I made those trips and had the proof I made them. If your child is into sports or other activities, you need to attend. While I understand the alienating most likely does not care about these activities, you as a target parent are being held to a higher standard. Being late for visitation or an event, failing to attend an event no matter the excuse will be greatly exaggerated to the courts and your child/children. These exaggerations will substantiate the claims of the alienating parent.
Do not get into a discussion with your child/children about alienation. You are not going to win this argument. They do not understand what is being done to them and really do not care. Their sense of reasoning is not developed either. If you have visitation, you need to enjoy time with your child without conflict. Do not become overwhelmed with grief that does not allow you to enjoy time with your child. Tell them you love them do things they like and swallow your pride, grief and anger. Call them after a visit to let them know you enjoyed the visit and look forward to the next time. Learn how to text message, set up a facebook page or other social media as a way to connect. Ignore most of what you see if accepted as a friend on these social pages and don’t like or comment on everything your child/children post. Myspace allows you to see if personal messages are read. I do not think facebook allows that. Realize they may not respond to a message either. Do not inundate them with messages either.
Have empathy for your child. You are asking your friends, co-workers and others to understand and to be compassionate towards you; you need to be the same towards your child/children. You didn’t ask for this and neither did your children/child. Understand that for as much pain, confusion and mixed messages you receive your child/children are receiving the same.
Read, research, and understand as much as you can about parental alienation. Read blogs, articles, citations and books about parental alienation. Talk to others, join support groups, web boards and more. Communicate! Let go of anger, it holds you down and allows others to control you. Get healthy, do exercise which is a great anger release. Eat healthier; your body will be happier. This is a new beginning, you did not ask for this so choose wisely.
Have faith and don’t give up hope. In my case the alienating parent, promised things he could not deliver on. He stated he would always be there to talk to our son. Sure he was there when this case was in the courts, but once he “won” -----things changed. I will never forget being called about 1 in the morning. Needless to say, this was an inconvenient time for me, but it was my son calling. I answered very groggy that morning and our son just wanted to talk. The fact that I listened and did not respond with some glib response meant the world to him. From that point, things started to change for the better. It was not easy. Over time, we have reconnected and I think the relationship is strong. It is NOT the same as it was, never will be.