Parental alienation in Australian family law

A recent study was completed in England and reported in the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law (JSWFL). It was conducted by Dr Adrienne Barnett and found that in particular, estranged Fathers with a proven history of family violence could use parental alienation allegations made by Mothers to discredit those Mothers and gain additional parenting time with a child.

The suggestion in this report is made that abusive Fathers alleged that the residential Mother is alienating the child against them in order to improve their access.

Marilyn Stowe, an English family lawyer, observed that some child arrangements do appear to boil down to allegations of abuse from one parent versus allegations of parental alienation by the other.[1]

If you are concerned or confronted by issues of parental alienation in a parenting dispute with your previous partner, please do not hesitate to contact Rowan Skinner & Associates Lawyers to discuss your concerns. We specialise in child custody issues and other family law matters.

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