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Bronze medal Reporter Adv. Thomson Posted 11 Jan 2019 Post Comment Visitors: 152 Read More News and Blogs


Parental alienation is a main problem that affects many families who undergo high conflict, separation and divorce. It is the situation where one parent boost the child to refuse the other parent, by explaining the child about the treat about the other parent. This rejection and fear appears to be wholly unfounded based on the child’s actual experience of that parent.  parental alienation can be a very complex issue as many parents really believe that they are improving their child’s life by closing out the connection with other parent. Angry parents, through the power of influence and control, turn their child opposite to other parent in a manner that it looks like it is the child's choice to chop all ties with that one parent. Parents who attempt to alienate their children from other parent are knowingly or unknowingly committing an offence of child abuse.

Parental alienation violates both the Children’s Act 38 of 2005 as well as the Constitution of South Africa Act. It goes against the principle of “the best interests of the child”. Our courts are aware of the deadly nature and effect that parental alienation has on children.

Parental Alienation is accomplished through:

·Bad mouthing the other parent in front of the child.

·Creating impression targeted parent is dangerous

·Saying targeted parent doesn’t love the child

·Discussing court case with child

·Limiting visitation

·Forcing your child to refuse targeted parent

·Undermining targeted parents authority

·Intercepting calls and messages



Levels of parental alienation

Mild cases:

The child spends time with the target parent but has occasional reflection of rudeness and of becoming rude. They want to frequently be in contact with the alienating parent and will challenge the authority of the target parent.

Moderate cases:

The child will start to resist contact with the target parent and miss contact times. They are stubborn, rude and objectionable and confrontational with the target parent during contact sessions.

Severe cases:

 They will actively refuse and even flee contact with the target parent.  They will justify their behaviour with often false or hugely exaggerated stories of neglect or abuse by the target parent.


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