According to Merriam-Webster, fair means “marked by impartiality and honesty: free from self-interest, prejudice, or favoritism.” If one recognizes the reality that in many cases of high conflict custody battles the two parents are not equally culpable, then it would be actually unfair to conclude that they were. This is why it is so important to train legal and mental health professionals that—although it might feel right and pleasing to think of every dispute as resulting from two badly behaving parents, this is not always the case. It is actually fairer to start with no assumption one way or the other. A fair conclusion in one that holds each parent accountable for his or her behavior A fair conclusion is one that identifies parental alienation for what it is, an insidious form of psychological maltreatment. A fair solution is one that allows a child to love and be loved by both parents.