Setfords Solicitors’ leading family lawyer this week appeared on BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire programme to discuss the issue of parental alienation and highlight the progress that is being made to see it more widely recognised within the legal system.
Joanna Abrahams, who’s Head of Family for Setfords, is one of only a limited number of lawyers in the UK who specialise in the subject. Parental alienation is widely understood as a phenomenon where one parent “turns” a child against the other parent, either knowingly or unwittingly.
Joanna told Victoria Derbyshire that many positive steps were being taken to address the issue.
She said: “I think it’s starting to become more and more recognised. We’ve certainly got the moniker now of parental alienation which we didn’t have about five years ago, and more and more experts are being brought in to diagnose it. So what we often ask when we go to court is for a psychologist to become involved – they can make the diagnosis, they can assist us with a plan for targeted therapy for the parents because the children can quite often become over-medicalised.”
Joanna added: “It’s not necessarily a recrimination or a blame culture. It has to be child-centric. What’s in the best interest of the child? And how can we promote contact assuming it’s in the child’s best interest?”
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