Finding Parental Alienation

There has been much discussion about what the courts should do when it has made a ‘finding’ of Parental Alienation.   Perhaps Parental Alienation must be thought of as a kind of child abuse.  I certainly think so, as does June Venters QC, when she asks[1] “One issue that does concern me, and I know many …

What to do with an abused child?

Well, that seems to depend on the kind of abuse.  If the abuse is physical or sexual, the child will be removed from a parent(s) and put into care.  That’s public law.  In Parental Alienation cases, children are left to rot.  They are allowed to remain with their abuser.  That’s private law. But the ‘threshold’ …

The ‘Magic Bullet’

What is the ‘magic bullet’ required to stop PA in its tracks? Well, there are several possible candidates, as follows: Introduction The judge could make an immediate transfer of residence order, conditional upon the alienator cooperating with contact.  This is a ‘coercive’ order.  The idea here is that the alienator is incentivised to cooperate with …

Another Tearful and Wholly-Deserving Father – The Case of ‘A’

Introduction Today I am looking at yet another parental alienation case that’s gone badly wrong.  I will be analysing this and attempting to attribute blame – because, by God, some blame needs attributing.  If this case doesn’t get you angry and sad in equal measure… The case is called ‘A’, and can be found here …

PA, DV and the Danes

I was interested to read this piece on the interweb about problems in Denmark, related to domestic violence (‘DV’) and PA, which seem, for better or worse, to be inextricably linked.  As you will see, the piece was written regarding a new book published in Denmark (and doubtless elsewhere) called “The Biggest Power Pig Wins” …

The Winds of Change?

Are we getting somewhere?  Are the times a changin’? I was much-chuffed to read the judgement in Re L 2019.  My feeling is that we are starting to see some judicial enlightenment on this subject.  In this case, the mother was found not to have alienated the child from the father.  Nevertheless, the child was …