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Two Classic Cases of Courts Failing Alienated Parents

Two Classic Cases of Courts Failing Alienated Parents

When lawyers and judges are uninformed, the results can be harmful.

Posted Oct 01, 20


What do the courts need to learn to better serve kids when one parent blocks them from connecting with the other?

Usually in my Psychology Today posts, I address my specialties—marriage education and self-help for negative emotions. At the same time, I recently have had a number of clients in my clinical practice who face parental alienation situations. Their challenges totally tear at my heartstrings, motivating me to write on this subject. The difficulty is that attorneys, judges, and the mental health professionals who advise them on cases of parental alienation too often lack enough understanding of the phenomenon of alienation to create appropriate outcomes.

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