Some parents in Florida might have to contend with parental alienation syndrome. This can happen in any kind of custody and visitation arrangement and involves one parent turning the child against the other parent. It may occur when one parent suffers from a personality disorder, so a parent divorcing a person who has been diagnosed with personality disorders, particularly narcissistic or borderline, may want to be especially vigilant.
There are a number of warning signs of this syndrome. A child who never had problems before may become oppositional. The child may want to exclude the parent who is being targeted from attendance at extracurricular activities or parent/teacher meetings. The child may express explosive rage at the targeted parent and no longer recognize positive experiences between the two. However, the child may insist that none of this originates with the other parent even when the child may use the same language that parent used to denigrate the targeted parent in the past.