Parental Alienation Syndrome
House of Lords

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Lord Roberts of Llandudno (Liberal Democrat)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what figures they hold regarding the prevalence of parental alienation syndrome.

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Lord Hill of Oareford (Conservative)

The Government do not hold figures for the prevalence of parental alienation syndrome. We do however recognise the potential for lasting emotional harm if one parent turns their child against the other parent. The Government's response to the family justice review sets out a range of reforms to the private law system that should help to limit the consequences arising from disputes between separated parents. Support to help parents focus on the needs of their children and resolve their own disputes will be backed by a legislative statement reinforcing the principle that most children benefit from a continuing relationship with both parents. We will also look carefully at how the enforcement of court orders can be swifter and more effective.

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