We are open in our 6 offices to serve your needs

What the courts are doing with parental alienation cases

A LSUC Paper

Parental alienation cases are not going away. Having reared its ugly head for the first time in or around 1985 when the term parental alienation syndrome was coined by Dr. Richard Gardiner, sadly, this pathology is here to stay.

That being the case, how are our courts dealing with these most extreme of high conflict cases? How are judges handling this behaviour, which some have gone so far as to label as child abuse?

In this paper written for the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Six Minute Family Lawyer Program, held December 3, 2013, Jennifer Samara Shuber summarizes the case law and judicial responses to alienation in decisions from across the province in the past 12 months.

It is questionable whether any trial outcome could actually repair these damaged relationships, that is, accomplish what the parents with so much professional assistance have been unable to accomplish. A court order provides a decision. Solutions lie elsewhere. In its search for the order that is in the best interests of these children at this point in time, realistically, the court may only aspire to minimize the ongoing damage to the children.

View the full article

Contact Form - Contact Us Page

Request a free consultation

Please fill up this form with your contact information and someone will be in touch with you soon.

Contact Preferences

How would you like to be contacted? Click all that apply.

How can we help you?

Brief description of your legal issue:

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm is not secure and does not establish a lawyer-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.



4211 Yonge Street • Suite #210 • Toronto • Ontario • M2P 2A9

View Map


16 Industrial Parkway South • Aurora • Ontario • L4G 0R4

View Map


500 Mapleton Avenue, Suite A • Barrie, Ontario • L4N 9C2

View Map

Downtown Toronto

100 King Street West • Suite #5600 • Toronto • Ontario • M5X 1C9

View Map


4257 Sherwoodtowne Blvd Suite #300 • Mississauga Ontario • L4Z 1Y5

View Map


10 Milner Business Court • 3rd Floor • Scarborough • Ontario • M1B 3M6

View Map

Additional Areas Served