Parental Alienation / Parental Alienation Syndrome

Ten Parental Alienation Fallacies That Compromise Decisions in Court and in Therapy

Ten Parental Alienation Fallacies That Compromise Decisions in Court and in Therapy

This article examines ten false beliefs about the genesis of parental alienation and about appropriate remedies that result in opinions and decisions that fail to meet children’s needs. The ten mistaken assumptions are:

(a) children never unreasonably reject the parent with whom they spend the most time, Continue reading

Poisoning Parent-Child Relationships Through the Manipulation of Names

Poisoning Parent-Child Relationships Through the Manipulation of Names

Manipulating names can change the way children relate to and identify with their parents. Some parents use pejorative labels to refer to the target of alienation, encourage the children to refer to a parent by first name, or refer to the children by new names that mask their relationship to the other parent. This paper describes how such practices influence children to align with one parent against the other, how parents’ responses mediate the harmful Continue reading

Securing Children’s Best Interests While Resisting the Lure of Simple Solutions

Securing Children’s Best Interests While Resisting the Lure of Simple Solutions

The best-interest-of-the-child standard for child custody policy and decisions has benefits and hazards, the latter related to the exercise of judicial discretion in custody disputes. This paper examines  alternatives to the status quo, including the primary parent presumption, the approximation rule, shared parenting, an exact even split of custodial time, sole custody for couples labeled in high conflict or those with young children, the friendly parent presumption, Continue reading

Parental Alienation: Overview, Management, Intervention, and Practice Tips

Parental Alienation: Overview, Management, Intervention, and Practice Tips

Ground-breaking strategies for effective management of parental alienation cases
The University of Texas School of Law and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers-Texas Chapter included this monograph-length paper in course material for a 2014 conference on custody litigation. The paper expands on Dr. Warshak’s previous work and presents a Continue reading

Parental Alienation Among College Students

Parental Alienation Among College Students

This article reports the results of a survey of college students regarding their parents’ alienating behavior and the status of the students current relationship with each parent. The students reported a relatively high incidence of alienating behavior by divorced parents, both fathers and mothers.

The finding that 29% of the college students from divorced homes were alienated from a parent supports the importance of addressing Continue reading