Parental Alienation Day

By Karen Pritchard

Principal Associate

Today (25 April), is Parental Alienation Day.

Parental alienation involves one person, usually a parent or someone that a child trusts, behaving in a way that creates alienation between that child and their other parent.

Parental alienation can take many forms, but is often exhibited in one of the following ways:

  • False allegations of abuse about the other parent
  • Forbidding the child from speaking about the other parent
  • Preventing the child from having contact with the other parent
  • Criticising or making derogatory comments about the other parent

The Family Court recognises that alienating behaviours can be emotionally harmful to children.

If parental alienation is found to have taken place, the Family court will consider that when making a decision in relation to a child, such as which parent the child should live with and the contact that child should have with their other parent.  

For more information and to find out how we can help you, please contact us on 0345 646 0406 or fill in our online enquiry form and a member of the team will be in touch.