What is Parental Alienation? In simple terms Parental Alienation is a kind of psychological manipulation of a child. It occurs when one parent systemically casts the other parent in negative terms.
A leading family court judge, HHJ Stephen Wildblood, defined Parental Alienation in more detailed terms as: ‘A process and the result of the psychological manipulation of a child into showing unwarranted fear, disrespect or hostility towards a parent and / or other members of a family. It is a process where one parent’s emotions dominate a child’s relationship with the other parent… it is using children as an instrument of one parent’s skewed emotions.’
In extreme cases of divorce and separation, the child may align with one parent and completely reject the other. Commonly, children will also reject a set of grandparents as well as an entire set of friends and family.