What Can the Courts Do About Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome

What Can the Courts Do About Parental Alienation?

Copyright 1998 by Douglas Darnall, Ph.D.

Prevention of Parental Alienation is the most important step for both parents and professionals.  We must confront alienation where it is found and ensure treatment begins, initiate preventative measures, and educate parents about the symptoms and causes of alienation.  As a central area involved in settling matters of custody, support and shared parenting(visitation matters), the courts are in a position to do all of these things,through these steps:

  • Recognize early the symptoms of alienation, and help educate parents and attorneys of these symptoms.
  • Identify high-risk cases.
  • Intervene quickly.
  • Don’t let attorneys use delay tactics like continuances, especially in cases with a high-risk for alienation.
  • Order parents into therapy (family systems and cognitive behavioral therapy), hopefully before they come to an agreement on a Shared Parenting Plan.
  • Order a Guardian Ad Litem to monitor compliance and report to the court.
  • Don’t withhold visits unless there is a question about the child’s safety. There is always the risk that withholding visits will reinforce alienation and increase the risk that the child will believe there is something wrong with the targeted parent.
  • Give the parents an opportunity to speak before the court.
  • Order therapy for the child if their general level of functioning (school grades, socialization, interests, etc) deteriorates.
  • If the child is already alienated, order therapy for the parents with a therapist who understands parental alienation and works with high conflict families.

What Can the Courts Do About Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome

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2 Responses to “What Can the Courts Do About Parental Alienation and Parental Alienation Syndrome”

  1. I’m surprised that Dr. Darnell would assume that an alienating parent would benefit from therapy — they only put on a show for the therapist and manipulate the therapist into helping them alienate! Supervising and holding the parents accountable for ensuring visitation is what’s needed in addition to other measures.

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