Parental Alienation Allegations

What is the most vital action for those faced with allegations of parental alienation syndrome, PAS or any other name by which it is known ?

 

NOTHING – DO NOTHING – DO NOT RUN WITH YOUR CHILD/REN

 

Then talk to us before you take any action

There is a crisis in the custody court system, which has resulted in thousands of children being sent to live with abusers while safe, protective parents, primarily mothers, are denied any meaningful relationship with their children.   The court system has failed to respond appropriately to domestic violence and child abuse cases involving custody … Testimony to the Truth Commission. (2007, Jan 13). Fourth Battered Mothers Custody Conference. Albany, NY

Sadly, we find that (a) tests specifically developed to assess questions relevant to custody are completely inadequate on scientific grounds; (b) the claims of some anointed experts about their favorite constructs (e.g., ”parent alienation syndrome”) are equally hollow when subjected to scientific scrutiny … Emery, R. E., Otto, R. K., & O’Donohue, W. T. (2007). Custody Evaluations: Limited Science and a Flawed System.  Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 6 (1), 1-29

Parental Alienation Syndrome, PAS or Any Other Name by Which it is Known

“Parental Alienation Syndrome” or more recently “Parental-Alienation Disorder” is not listed in the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems produced by the World Health Organization, nor does it appear in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DMS VI). The District Attorneys Association of the State of New York instructs that “Prosecutors should diligently question any case law or article that is cited as supporting PAS theory.” PAS or “alienation” solely relies on character assessment or pathologising the protective parent, usually the mother.

Allegations of “Parental Alienation” Rely on Circular Reasoning

The foundations of “PAS” are fallacious arguments using circular logic where a claim of “alienation” is accepted as being true and a conclusion of fact [there is alienation]. The sort of reasoning which PAS, or any other name by which it is known,  is based upon, is extremely dangerous to the safety of women and children. Claiming the existence of PAS as true does not make the claim true that ” PAS or any other name by which it is known” exists. This is most blatant in the work of Gardner, Warshak and many other supporters of “parental alienation syndrome” PAS or any other name by which it is known. Family Court Judges simply assuming a conclusion is true [the child is being alienated/is alienated] because an “expert” makes a claim of “alienation” are creating an incredibly flawed, inaccurate and ultimately dangerous situation for the safety of any child.

Dealing with allegations of parental alienation is such a narrow specialty of litigation that many family lawyers and judges do not have a clear understanding of the dynamics of these allegations, what they are and how they affect the protective parent. Many protective parent problems escalate post-separation because courts are influenced by claims from court-appointed “experts” of parental alienation or PAS, or by any other name which it is known. Our consulting practice is focused on helping those accused of parental alienation.

Defenses Against Parental Alienation Allegations

A quick and inexpensive overview of your client’s case of defense against allegations of parental alienation. Failing to consider all the essential data about allegations of parental alienation can lead to inaccurate conclusions, expose children to re-victimization and ongoing abuse and neglect and see even the best parents losing their children. Defense lawyers use the CRNZ analytical framework to improve the quality of their consultations with clients, preparation of cross-examination questions and to document patterns of claims of alienation for future cases. The CRNZ framework of analysis is a cost-effective means to elicit comprehensive defense data with no additional investment of the lawyer’s time.

 

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