The Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is an unpleasant situation that can occur when parents with children try to divorce.
Features of the PAS:
(1) There is an acrimonious divorce between parents with one or more children.
(2) The dispute over child custody has become embittered.
(3) The parent with custody tries to alienate the child/children from the other parent and may succeed.
The parent who is actively trying to alienate the child/children from the other parent:
(1) may restrict or deny access to the child/children.
(2) may make claims of physical or sexual abuse by the other parent.
(3) may actively denigrate the other parent to the child/children.
(4) may make claims of planned abduction of the child/children by the other parent.
(5) may ask for court or agency protection against the other parent.
Possible scenarios that the court has to consider:
(1) One or both parents are mentally ill with delusions.
(2) The allegations made by the parent are false and manipulative.
(3) The allegations made by the parent are true.
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