Although some legal experts and psychologists do not recognize the existence of parental alienation syndrome (PAS) as an actual syndrome, the act of parental alienation has become an increasingly popular tactic in custody battles between divorcing or divorced parents. Parental alienation is best described to be an intentional and systematic effort by one parent to alienate a child from the other parent. Such action can take a variety of forms. For example, it may exist where one parent discourages, punishes or prohibits a child from spending time with the other parent or even deterring a child’s communication or visitation with the other parent. When determining the best interests of the child in custody disputes, Courts closely consider the behavior of the parents and the affect such behavior has on the child.
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