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Is there any guidance on what to expect from a global family assessment in parental alienation cases?

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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk
Published on LexisPSL on 07/11/2018

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  • Is there any guidance on what to expect from a global family assessment in parental alienation cases?

Is there any guidance on what to expect from a global family assessment in parental alienation cases?

Although the phrase parental alienation is now appearing more often in English judgments and the concept appears to be more recognised as an issue requiring intervention there is no definition of parental alienation, nor is it a formally recognised syndrome. Generally, however, cases which are understood to involve parental alienation concern one parent (typically the resident parent) attempting to turn the child or children of the family against the other (typically non-resident) parent. For the purposes of this Q&A, the alienating parent will be referred to as the ‘resident parent’, and the parent that the child is being alienated against will be referred to as the ‘non-resident parent’. Cases of parental alienation can involve very serious allegations against the non-resident parent such as domestic, sexual and/child abuse. In some cases, the children of the family support these

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