How to Deal with Parental Alienation

What is parental alienation?

Parental alienation is a serious issue that can arise in family law cases when one parent attempts to undermine or interfere with the relationship between the other parent and their children. This can have significant and long-lasting negative effects on the children, the targeted parent, and the family as a whole.

What are possible responses to parental alienation?

A change of care arrangement can help prevent or mitigate parental alienation in some cases.

A change of care arrangement refers to a modification of the existing parenting plan or custody arrangement that determines how children’s time is divided between their parents. In some cases, the parent who is engaging in alienating behavior may have primary physical custody of the children or have more time with them, which can enable them to manipulate or control the children’s relationship with the other parent. By changing the care arrangement to give the targeted parent more time with the children, or even to share equal time, it can help to prevent or reduce the effects of parental alienation.

How does the Court decide about a change of care?

In making a decision about a change of care arrangement, the court will consider the best interests of the children as the paramount consideration. This means that the court will take into account a range of factors, such as the children’s relationship with each parent, their wishes and feelings, their need for stability and continuity, and any evidence of parental alienation or other harmful behavior.

Other interventions in situations of parental alienation

It’s important to note that a change of care arrangement is not always appropriate or effective in preventing or mitigating parental alienation. Other interventions, such as counseling, mediation, and parenting programs, may also be necessary to address the underlying causes of the alienation and promote healthy co-parenting.


In conclusion, parental alienation can have serious and long-lasting effects on families, and a change of care arrangement can sometimes be an effective way to prevent or mitigate this behavior. However, any decision about a change of care arrangement must be based on a careful consideration of the children’s best interests and the specific circumstances of the case.

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