Parental Alienation

Highly Experienced Ontario Parenting Dispute Law Firm

Parental Alienation and Parental Estrangement: Navigating Delicate Family Disputes

In the realm of divorce and custody disputes in Ontario, parental alienation has emerged as a sensitive issue. It occurs when one parent’s actions lead to estrangement between the child and the other parent. At times, the line between alienation and estrangement blurs, but both scenarios involve a parent acting contrary to the best interests of their children.

At Thomas J. MacLennan, Barrister & Solicitor, we offer knowledgeable and highly experienced legal representation to parents facing parental alienation or wrongful allegations of it. Our mission is to resolve emotionally charged family conflicts while minimizing the impact on the children involved.

Understanding Parental Alienation

In some cases, parents overwhelmed by anger, hurt, and frustration use their children as pawns to inflict harm on the other parent. These harmful behaviors can take various forms:

  1. Negative Talk: A parent speaks ill of the other parent in front of the children.
  2. Blame Game: Verbal blame is placed on the other parent for the family’s breakup.
  3. False Accusations: Unfounded allegations about the other parent’s behavior.
  4. Manipulating Schedules: Intentionally disrupting parenting schedules and convincing children that the other parent doesn’t want to spend time with them.
  5. Coercion: Suggesting that the children decide whether to maintain a relationship with the other parent, often after subtle manipulation.

Legal Consequences

The courts take a stern stance against intentional parental alienation. Such actions not only harm the parents’ relationship but also impact the well-being of the children. As a result, parents who engage in alienation risk losing custody or parenting rights as determined by the court.

At our law firm, we recognize the gravity of these situations. We advocate for fair resolutions, emphasizing the children’s welfare. Our experienced legal team supports parents throughout the process, ensuring their rights are protected while minimizing trauma for the children.

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Past LSO Bar Admission Course, Family Law Instructor
  • Past OBA Family Law Section, Executive Member
  • Member, Family and Estates Subcommittee of the Toronto Lawyers’ Association
  • Member, Peel and York Lawyers’ Association
  • Coach and Advisor for the Law Society’s Coach and Advisor Network (CAN)



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