Parental alienation can have a devastating effect on children if it is not dealt with quickly and proactively.
As stated in this article there is no legislation in England and Wales to cover parental alienation but the courts are starting to recognise parental alienation. However, we are behind other countries such as Brazil and Mexico where parental alienation is a criminal act.
CAFCASS, the court appointed officers who represent children in family court cases, are now familiar with the concept of parental alienation and look for signs of this during their investigations into the family. This is particularly relevant when a CAFCASS officer is considering the wishes and feelings of a child who has been caught in the middle of parental alienation.
If you think you are a victim of parental alienation the quicker you are able to act the better. We would therefore recommend anyone who feels they may be in this position to seek legal advice early.
According to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), 5% of children involved in divorce or separation will experience some level of parental alienation.