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Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental ContactA Differential Approach for Legal and Mental Health Professionals$
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Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala, and Michael A. Saini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199895496

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895496.001.0001

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Legal Responses to Alienation and Parent Contact Problems

Legal Responses to Alienation and Parent Contact Problems

(p.177) 9 Legal Responses to Alienation and Parent Contact Problems
Children Who Resist Postseparation Parental Contact

Barbara Jo Fidler

Nicholas Bala

Michael A. Saini

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the issue of contact problems through the lens of the best interests of the child, an approach that is now dominant in the developed world. It begins with a discussion of the critical role of custody evaluators and mental health experts in cases involving parent-child contact problems. It then turns to a discussion of the legal responses to a postseparation rejection of a parent by a child that the court concludes is not justified—that is, to cases of alienation. The chapter concludes with a discussion of suggestions for how the family justice system should be structured to allow the most effective responses to children's resistance to parent contact, including a discussion of case management and the need for early identification, and appropriate and effective intervention.

Keywords:   intervention, custody evaluators, mental health experts, family justice system, case management

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