Parental alienation occurs when one parent alienates the other parent from the child or children they share.
It manifests as the children avoiding the other parent for no specific or real reason, and can be incredibly damaging and traumatic for the children and the alienated parent.
In an ongoing series, we unpack the various aspects of this troublesome topic, through interviews with local experts, and answering reader questions.
One of the more tricky aspects of parental alienation is how to accurately establish whether there really is alienation, or such intent, on the part of the other parent.
Parent24 gathered a panel of five local professionals to discuss the intricacies of the issue of parental alienation in South Africa
Parental alienation occurs when one parent attempts to poison a child’s mind against another parent, through words or actions or inactions.
How can the law help a parent to see their children when one parent refuses access?
"As a mother you can only see so much disappointment and pain in the face of your child before you eventually stop everything in its tracks."
You feel the need to protect them from all the bad things in the world, but what happens when one of those bad things is their other parent?
Some parents found themselves in a tug-of-war over the children, and with courts closed, travel restricted and lockdown regulations it became harder to enforce custody agreements.
A "substantial and sustained dissatisfaction within a caregiver-child relationship associated with significant disturbance in functioning."
"Justice delayed is justice denied"
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