Family Law

Parental Alienation in Child-Custody Cases

, The Legal Intelligencer


By now, you have probably heard about the case out of Michigan where a family court judge sent three siblings to juvenile detention for refusing to visit their estranged father. The children's parents divorced five years ago and have been battling in court ever since over custody.

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  • Bibi

    This Jude should not have sent these children to detention. Her action was unacceptable. The children behavior did not developed overnight. A custody case for 5 years. Why so ,long in the court’s system? That alone will tell how contentious one of the parent is. When kids see parents in court it causes resentment. Family therapy. In this case the children were punished for the mistakes of their parents.

  • CClark

    Regarding comment below, don‘t be fooled that female judges are more apt to recognize parental alienation, it is simply not true. This Judge was unique in that she had the guts to do something about it. Judges see parental alienation every single day in their courts, along with a parent with a borderline personality disorder and they IGNORE IT. They don‘t want to deal with it, so instead, they punish the father. This Judge may not have made all perfect decisions, but she should be applauded for recognizing PA and taking action. It‘s about time this country stop this form of child abuse that is an epidemic affecting millions of children. Just look at The Father‘s Rights Movement page and you will find over 50,000 followers who are ALL victims of alienation. Our family courts are broken, badly broken, and because of this we are entering a time in our society where we will have dysfunctional adult children of parental alienation who will need serious therapy. Think about it, first they need to reconcile with the alienated parent, but then they need to accept the fact that that parent who they believed they could trust 100% is not trustworthy at all. In fact, they are downright dangerous narcissists. Wake up America, we are hurting too many children!! It is time attorneys and mental health professionals step up and do something about it!

  • tim W

    there was already family based therapy. The kids would huddle in a corner and not look at the dad and said they would talk to him. It is hard for people to understand this if they haven‘t been through at all. I think it is positive that the judge is doing something about it. If this where a male judge they would have most likely just given custody to the other and banished the Dad. We need to get more woman on the bench that won‘t tolerate mothers behaviors like this. PA need to be stop and start being recognized by the medical community and legal profession The legal profession doesn‘t want to recognize it as it will mean that mothers will have to start behaving or go to jail. Which means less money for the attorneys.

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