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Parental alienation is a term used when one parent attempts to turn the couple’s children against the other parent. It is one of the biggest issues raised in proceedings concerning child contact following the separation of parents.

The purpose of alienation is usually when one parent attempts to gain custody and stops the children from having any form of relationship with the other parent.

It is important that you are vigilant and look for warning signs of parental alienation, particularly in the early stages of separation when emotions are very high for all involved.

If you are the non-resident parent, signs of parental alienation to watch out for include (but are not limited to):-

  • Your telephone calls and messages being ignored,
  • Children showing resistance to visit you,
  • Contact being cancelled without notice,
  • Children presenting with little or no guilt about not seeing you,
  • Children presenting angry when visiting you,
  • The resident parent making inappropriate comments about you in front of the children,
  • The resident parent not sharing information with you relation to the children’s education, health, etc.

If you think that you are the victim of parental alienation you need to try your hardest to maintain some contact with your children. You should also consider seeking legal advice. Here at Emery Johnson Astills we have specialist solicitors who can advise you in relation to your rights surrounding parental alienation and our family team can support you through the process to repair the relationship between you and your children.

Parental alienation is a growing issue before the Courts and one the judiciary are developing their knowledge on continuously. The Courts are recognising the need for rapid intervention if children and parents are to have a healthy relationship in the future.

CAFCASS officers have only recently embarked on training in the area of parental alienation, this will be complete in March 2019. Their training programme is called ‘Child Impact Assessment Framework’. It is hoped that following this training CAFCASS officers will be able to support the judiciary in managing cases involving parental alienation.                                                                                              

Our family solicitors at Emery Johnson Astills recognise the importance of early intervention when there has been parental alienation. Court proceedings should be issued without delay. The consequences to children if parental alienation is not managed appropriately could be severe and include low self-esteem and depression in adulthood.

The Court has a number of remedies available to them if it finds that there has been parental alienation. These include Child Arrangements Orders, Shared Care Orders or Bridging Orders. If you would like further advice in relation to any of these Court Orders please do not hesitate to contact our family team at Emery Johnson Astills. We can offer you a fixed fee appointment with a specialist family law solicitor here at Emery Johnson Astills. Our solicitors are here to support you and advise you through this emotional time.

To speak to a family solicitor at Emery Johnson Astills and to book a fixed fee appointment, please call us on 0116 255 4855.