Parental alienation is a process by which one of the parents ruins the relationship between the child and the other parent in different ways: criticizing the other parent, frivolously complaining against the other parent, reproaching them without a basis in fact, shamelessly lying to the offspring about the other parent’s behaviour, illegally or abusively depriving the child of contact, emotionally bribing the children to force them to choose between the parents, etc. The purpose of parental alienation is to convince the child that the other parent is the enemy and lead the child to want to put an end to all contact with this person.
Family lawyers representing parents who are victims of parental alienation have to contemplate legal measures to counteract the situation. For instance, they can ask the Court to order that the alienation ceases, to modify child custody terms in order to improve contact between the children and the victimised parents, for therapy to be prescribed for the alienating parent and any necessary means.
It is necessary to act quickly in case of parental alienation, as long as it is possible to deprogram the child. This is why the victimized parent must speak with the lawyer as soon as possible.