In many cases of separation where children are involved, the children can more often than not suffer more so than either parent. Many people fail to realise how their behaviour or attitude towards the other parent can negatively impact upon their child. However in some instances, one parent can actively go out of their way to disrupt and damage the relationship between the other parent and their child.
This is known as parental alienation and is becoming increasingly common. The Family Courts and CAFCASS are becoming more aware of these types of cases and it is pleasing to see steps being put in place to safeguard children from these instances.
Parental alienation – a phenomenon where one parent poisons their child against the other parent – has become such a feature of the most difficult family breakdowns that Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, is to offer targeted support for those affected following a government-funded intensive therapeutic pilot programme .