In Canada, claims of parental alienation are taken extremely seriously.
So much so, that at least one commentator has noted a judicial “fad” of ordering alleged child victims of it to a US clinic for cure.
Parental alienation remains very controversial.
Many organizations of psychologists and psychiatrists reject it, at least as a diagnosis of a disease or psychological condition.
But that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t accurately describe certain very real patterns of behavior present in certain family court cases.
Recently, a Canadian judge bucked the reported trend there and overruled an arbitrator’s ruling to send a disabled teenager for treatment.
Even if accepted as applicable to a child victim, parental alienation may not be capable of a “quick fix” – and some therapists believe the very attempt may do more harm than good.
The holding in this recent Canadian case may signal emergence of a new trend in Canada, or it may be limited to the somewhat unusual facts of the particular case before the court in that case.
Only time will tell.