Parental alienation is a recurring problem that affects many families who are experiencing high conflict, separation and divorce.
Some parents engage in domestic abuse by influencing their children to fear, dislike or distrust their other parent. What happens next is a cascade of losses.
Family courts’ hostility – both in the US and abroad – toward claims of paternal or spousal abuse has been widely reported. Now there’s an in-depth study that documents that hostility.
There is a common misconception that family estrangement is a particular event or outcome. Rather, it’s often based on ongoing issues.
The consequences of the parental alienation theory can lead to children getting a court order to visit or live with an abusive parent.