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'An "expert witness" was chosen by my ex’s solicitor. I later found out he says mothers have "false beliefs" in all these cases, and runs workshops on "parental alienation syndrome".'The contentious positing of parental alienation as a syndrome has fueled fears that the prospect is used to discredit women. Indeed the gendered attack is implicit in its more commonly-used name, ‘malicious mother syndrome’.
'It is, as I have already observed crucial, both to the interests of the alleged victim and, in fact, to those of the alleged perpetrator, for any significant allegations of domestic abuse to be investigated and determined as matters of fact, similarly any significant allegation of "alienation", should also be laid out before the court and, if possible, determined on the same basis.'