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Greater Family Court transparency puts expert witnesses in the spotlight

22nd April 2024

Law Gazette

I first reported on the highly divisive issue of ‘parental alienation’ in 2022. It refers to a scenario where a child rejects one parent for no reason other than being manipulated or influenced by the other. I have heard directly from parents – mothers in particular – who have lost custody of children following evidence from court-appointed experts that they have ‘alienated’ them from their other parent.

Inevitably, there will sadly be times when children are weaponised by one or both parents in highly acrimonious cases. But the way in which allegations of parental alienation are frequently being raised in family courts has the appearance of a litigation tactic. This has been causing mounting concern, among both lawyers and psychologists.

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