Allegations of “Parental Alienation” in the Context of Domestic Violence Litigation

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The City Bar held “Allegations of ‘Parental Alienation’ in the Context of Domestic Violence Litigation,” on April 19. The panel explored the history of “parental alienation syndrome,” its relation to the unfriendly parent standard in the best interest of the child determination, actual cases in which charges of parental allegation have been levied, relevant psychological and psychiatric research, and ways in which attorneys representing victims of domestic violence can best respond to such charges. From left: Flore F. Blaise Williams, (Moderator), Member, Women in the Courts Task Force; The Honorable Judge Diane Kiesel, Former Presiding Judge of the Bronx Integrated Domestic Violence Court, and Author, Domestic Violence: Law, Policy, and Practice; Stephanie Brandt, MD, Child Psychiatrist, Forensic Expert in Custody and Hague Convention Cases; Michael Scherz, Director, Domestic Violence Project, Lawyers for Children; and Dorchen A. Leidholdt, Director, Center for Battered Women’s Legal Services, Sanctuary for Families, and Co-Editor, The Lawyer’s Manual on Domestic Violence, Sixth Edition. Download the audio from the program on iTunes or Stream it on the web here

Sponsoring Association Committee
Women in the Courts Task Force, Barbara Graves-Poller, Chair

Co-Sponsoring Association Committees
Family Courts & Family Law Committee, Glenn Metsch-Ampel, Chair
Children & the Law Committee, Sara L. Hiltzik, Chair

See also:
A Historical Perspective on Parental Alienation Syndrome and Parental Alienation

For New York Families in Custody Fights, a ‘Black Hole’ of Oversight

The Leadership Council on Child Abuse & interpersonal Violence

Fighting False Allegations of Parental Alienation Raised as Defenses to Valid Claims of Abuse
    Author:  Nancy S.  Erickson, J.D., L.L.M., M.A..
    Source: Volume 06, Number 01, Summer 2013 , pp.35-78(44)