According to published accounts, A UK dad was a victim of parental alienation, not only by his former spouse but also by the UK courts!
The father was reportedly denied any contact whatsoever with his three children for about six years.
Not because of allegations of violence, sexual abuse or even verbal abuse.
But because the mother allegedly contended that his visits unsettled and confused the children following the parents’ separation.
After allowing liberal access right after the separation, she reportedly methodically pursued a campaign to steadily reduce his timesharing.
It finally got to a point where the court entered an injunction prohibiting him from waving to his children when they drove by on their way to school. That was apparently deemed to be stalking his wife.
For violation of that injunction, he was thrown in jail for four months.
He was later sentenced to ten months in jail for merely driving past their house.
The worst part is probably that when he finally succeeded in getting permission for limited contact reinstated, the children didn’t seem to want to see him. After all, they knew only what their mother allegedly told them about why they hadn’t seen their father for so long.
Sadly, it took the happenstance of a bad argument between the oldest child and her mother to trigger a chain of events that led to resumption of contact.
Ironically, today, the oldest child (now a legal adult) and the youngest child live with their father by choice.
As a result of the years of no contact without explanation, the oldest recounts past feelings of confusion and abandonment and fear that her father no longer loved her. She also recounts how her mother allegedly repeatedly told the girls that their father was “bad”.
The girls were allegedly made to feel guilty if they were to tell social workers that they wanted to see their father.
In the UK, family court proceedings are closed …