Ramifications of Parental Alienation

INTERVIEW WITH DR. KATHLEEN REAY.

Scientific knowledge, understanding and a tremendous amount of direction and tools to help parents and professionals deal with the ramifications of Parental Alienation, a burgeoning and devastating form of child psychological abuse.

Dr. Reay’s published research study for her PhD.D. dissertation in 2007, demonstrating the correlation between levels of parental alienation and psychological distress of adult children of divorce who experienced alienation in their earlier years, speaks to the tragic price that is paid when effective interventions are not available to these families. Families where parental alienation exist are not a matter of business as usual in both the mental health and legal communities.

Therapists, attorneys and judges who are not properly trained in how to work with alienation cases fall into the trap of believing the alienating parent and the programmed child and make the egregious mistake of contributing to the abuse. On the show, Dr. Reay argues that entirely different therapeutic and court-ordered judicial approaches must be taken to stop this form of child abuse.

Dr. Reay strongly believes that in order to re-establish a healthy relationship between children and a rejected parent, two key things must occur:

1) the Court must order that child custody be reversed in favor of the rejected normative parent for at least a meaningful period of time during which the children will experience only the rejected parent’s caregiving and

2) the Court must suspend any direct and indirect contact between the favored parent and the child for a period of time until the child’s resilience to any negative messaging or to an enmeshed relationship can be rebuilt and the child’s attachment to the rejected parent can be rebuilt.

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Equally Shared Parenting

Shared parenting refers to a collaborative arrangement in child custody or divorce determinations in which both parents have the right and responsibility of being actively involved in the raising of the child(ren).

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The term is often used as a synonym for joint physical custody, but the exact definitions vary, with different jurisdictions defining it in different ways, and different sources using the term in different ways.[1] A regime of shared parenting is based on the idea that parental responsibilities should be shared by both the parents.[2]

It is typically a legal mechanism applied in cases of divorce, separation or when parents do not live together; in contrast, a Shared Earning/Shared Parenting Marriage is a marriage where the partners choose at the outset of the marriage (and prior to conceiving children) to share the work of childraising, earning money, house chores and recreation time in nearly equal fashion across all four domains.

Stand Up For Zoraya

Shared Parenting.

Parents are presumed equal during the marriage. What changed in the equality equation once the marriage ends? Children need and want both parents in their lives, not as visitors, but as active and equal participants. That’s why shared parenting is best for children.

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Even when blood relationships are strained, parents retain vital interest in preventing irretrievable destruction of their family life; if anything, persons faced with forced dissolution of their parental rights have more critical need for procedural protections than do those resisting state intervention into ongoing family affairs. Santosky v. Kramer, 102 S Ct 1388; 455 US 745, (1982).
Parents have a fundamental constitutionally protected interest in continuity of legal bond with their children. Matter of Delaney, 617 P 2d 886, Oklahoma (1980). .
The liberty interest of the family encompasses an interest in retaining custody of one’s children and, thus, a state…

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