Parent-alienation Syndrome Law and Legal Definition

Parent-alienation syndrome is a situation in which one parent has influenced a child to fear or hate the other parent. The term is often used in child custody cases. It is a condition resulting from a parent's actions that misleads and spoils the child’s relationship with the other parent. Some mental health specialists argue that this phenomenon does not amount to a “psychological syndrome.” It is also termed as ‘parental-alienation syndrome.’

"Parent alienation syndrome" and "disaffecting parent process," are syndromes alleged to develop in some children as a result of negative speech or action by one parent about the other. [Kaiser v. Kaiser, 2001 OK 30, 11 (Okla. 2001)].