It has been a few years, and it is a classic case of “poisoning the kids against a parent”.
Parental alienation, lawful or otherwise, can have life-long consequences for the children who are forced, through no fault of their own, to be stuck in the middle. When the ‘primary’ (or financially able) parent demands that the children take his or her side, and get caught up in the lies being brought to the court, what choice does a small child have but to oblige. A boy of just 4-years-old has no understanding when it comes to the complexities and complications of divorce or custody battles.. He knows only loyalty to the one parent able to demand it of him.
That would be unheard of nowadays and I don’t understand why it was allowed at the time. I would really like my children to know that I love them, that I wanted to fight for them, and that I tried. I was backed into a corner by a bitter ex-wife and her team of lawyers, and the legal system as a whole.
As of 2017, according to British Law —
The phenomenon where one parent poisons their child against the other is known as parental alienation, the ultimate aim of which is to persuade the child to permanently exclude that parent from their life. Cafcass said it had recently realised parental alienation occurred in significant numbers of the 125,000 cases it dealt with each year.
Divorcing parents could be denied contact with their children if they try to turn them against their former partner, under a “groundbreaking” process being trialled by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass).
This law should be passed in Canada to protect children and their parents. I’m just sorry it wasn’t around when I was fighting for my kids. Now they are all grown up and it’s too late.