Child Indicators of Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is real. It occurs when a child expresses an overwhelming preference for one parent and extreme negativity towards the other parent. Parental Alienation is different from Estrangement.  Dr. Baker, defined an “alienated child” as one who unjustifiably rejects one parent (the “disfavoured parent”) and is aligned with the other parent…

Parental Alienation & Divorce

  “Parental alienation is the term used to describe the overall problem of children being encouraged by one parent — the favoured parent — to unjustly reject the other parent – the targeted parent” (Amy J.L. Baker, Ph.D.).  This pattern of behaviour is different from normal adjustment to divorce, and…

What is a Parenting Co-ordinator?

Parenting coordination is an approach to resolving ongoing parenting issues once a parenting plan has been established. Most parenting plans are in the form of a court order or written agreement. These normally deal with guardianship, parental responsibilities, and parenting time (access). However, no agreement can cover all contingencies. Parenting…

Taking the Mystery out of Legal Fees

Chances are that, if your only experience with lawyers is watching Law and Order or Ally McBeal, the cost of legal fees may come as a shock.  Most people do not give much thought to the cost of hiring a lawyer, until they need one. It is good to remember…

Grandparents- Visitation & Decision Making

Grandparents often think that they know best when it comes to their grandchildren.  But what are their limitations when it comes to parenting decisions and visitation? It can be in a child’s “best interest” to have a relationship with their grandparents. However, if the grandparents are not “guardians”, their participation…

Child Home Alone Attracts Child Protection

At what age can a child stay home after school on their own? A B.C. Supreme Court Judge has supported a Social Worker’s conclusion that children under the age of 10 should not be left on their own. This conclusion is based on the September 15, 2015 Reasons For Judgment…