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In no other area of family law do people become more polarized than in cases involving the commonly known (and controversial) term, “parental alienation.” This is the term used to describe the attempts by one parent to undermine the relationship a child has with their other, normal-range parent. The real issue is, is that this causes psychological harm to the child by neglecting them of the relationship with their other parent. This is abusive to children because they need both parents in their lives. This has a profound negative impact on the child’s emotional and a psychological development.

Though volumes have been written on this subject, there still exists enormous confusion as to what the real problem is. Most mental health and legal professionals don’t view the “PA” term in a favorable light. They believe that there is rarely enough accurate information to make an informed opinion, and eventually stop trying to figure out which parent is a pathogenic parent in the family they spend a lot of time trying to figure out who is “right.” The “he said/she said” dynamic in this family pathology is a place the pathogenic parents and professionals play so that it is appears to be too difficult to sort out the truth and family court sees everything as winning and losing as that is how legal professionals are trained.

Luckily, there are things parents can do to be preventative of this dynamic, and even resolve it if they are already experiencing it. Professionals working on these kinds of cases can also learn and implement the proper solutions to solving this dilemma.

Key takeaways: 

  • Parents can learn skills to foster a healthier co-parenting dynamic and be-preventative of a high-conflict separation/divorce  
  • Even in cases of extreme conflict and child abuse, there are treatments that can be implemented through evidence-based practices  
  • Parents and professionals can properly prepare how to present this kind of case to the courts and be preventative of the need for an intervention


Dorcy Pruter is the founder and CEO of Conscious Co-Parenting Institute, a Dorcy Inc. Company. She is recognized as one of America’s top reunification specialists, and is also a certified master coach and family mediator. Through reunification coaching and co-parenting education, Dorcy provides strategies and solutions for parents and children to reconnect, or stay connected, during and after a high-conflict separation/divorce. Dorcy has also created several different coaching programs that meet the family’s needs depending on where they are at in (or out of) the family court process, so the children can have a relationship with both parents.

Contact information for Dorcy Pruter: : [email protected]


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