Parental alienation is also known as Hostile Aggressive Parenting. It is important to identify this behaviour before your relationship with your child is affected but more importantly before your child’s emotional and mental well-being is compromised.
Parental alienation is a group of behaviours that are damaging to children’s mental and emotional well-being, and can interfere with a relationship between a child and either parent.
Often these behaviours accompany high conflict relationships, marriages, separation or divorce. It is often verbal but not always so and causes a child to be mentally manipulated or forced into believing a parent is the cause of all their problems and is to be feared, hated, disrespected and/or avoided.
Parents who separate can often feel that they need to be in control when it comes to their children. This can stem from a multitude of reasons but it is vital that a child’s needs are put above and beyond that of the feelings which the parents may hold towards each other. Children are heavily influenced by their parents and hostility between the two can have an unfortunate result in their child; in effect, siding with one parent against the other, intentionally or unintentionally. This may manifest itself as the child’s desire to reject all contact with that parent and sometimes make false allegations against that parent.
When Parental Alienation arises between implacably hostile parents, it is essential not just to address the hostile parent’s behaviour but also to consider what course of action is in the best interests of the child, with a view to promoting a relationship with both parents whilst trying to minimise further trauma or distress.
Please read our testimonials for feedback from clients we have represented in these cases. If you feel that you are being alienated by your partner and/or your child and would like to discuss it further please contact us. If you have been accused of parental alienation by your partner/ex-partner please contact us as it is equally important to have experienced reputation to argue against this allegation.
We work with experienced Leading and Junior barristers in this field who are experienced in complex and serious cases. We also work with the best experts who understand parental alienation.
Recently we have had significant success in not only re-instating children's relationship with the alienated parent but also obtaining shared care, suspended transfers of residence and change of residence orders.