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 barristers in this field who are experienced in complex and serious cases. A very helpful article has been written for Family Law Week by Francesca Wiley QC which you can read at http://www.familylawweek.co.uk/site.aspx?i=ed161124
We also work with the Family Separation Clinic and Helen Fitzsimons is part of a steering committee to look in to these complex and serious issues with a view to advising the Government on the mental health resources that are required and also to advise the Courts/Judges on the judicial approach that should be taken in such cases. Helen Fitzsimons is also a member of an international parental alienation group linking with other experts across the world.