IBA Annual Conference Miami 2022

30 Oct - 4 Nov 2022

Room 236, Level 2

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Parental alienation in international family law
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Family Law Committee (Lead)


This continues the Family Law Committee’s series on Family Law Risk Advisory (FLRA) issues. Parental alienation (PA) can be described as coercion of a child into behaving in a hostile or fearful manner toward one of the parents. PA profoundly affects both children and alienated parents. Children experiencing PA have an increased risk of having future negative trust issues, and depression.The satisfaction that might be felt by one parent if he or she tries to prevent the children from seeing the other parent can cause irreconcilable and often unforeseen problems for family relationships in the future. Some children never forgive a parent who has made access difficult when they look back in later life. We will be looking at the problem from multiple perspectives internationally. Is there enough focus on the problem? What can be done about it? Join the debate. Remember it’s not always just about the money.

Session / Workshop Chair(s)

Zenobia Du Toit Miller Du Toit Cloete, Cape Town, South Africa; Member, Family Law Committee Advisory Board


Elisabeth Loukas J.D. Law Office of Elisabeth H Loukas, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA; Senior Vice Chair, Family Law Committee
Barbara Mills KC 4PB Chambers, London, England
Hon Justice Baratang Constance Mocumie Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein, South Africa
Robert Simon Robert A. Simon Ph.D Forensic Psychology, San Diego, California, USA