Lots of healthy discussion about what is and isn’t a “mental disorder” follows the article in Capitol Weekly, however the first comment from “Teenwolfe” sums it all up in a nutshell – no pun intended!
Now, if we could just develop a protocol for all family courts to be able to tell the difference between parroting, malice and genuine fear…
Estrangement does not equal parental alienation!
This is a primary educational message that needs to be disseminated and understood by the courts and custody evaluators.
A child can become estranged from a parent for legitimate reasons.
In contrast, there is no legitimate reason to explain a child’s alienation from a formerly loved target parent.
Courts need a concrete means of differentiating an alienating parent’s lies from a caring parent’s legitimate need to protect their children from abuse.