Reunion story incomplete without exploring alienation angle

In his latest column for Basil & Spice, Mike Jeffries, author of A Family’s Heartbreak: A Parent’s Introduction to Parental Alienation, looks for signs of parental alienation in the case of the mother who was reunited with her children after thinking they were dead for 30 years. 

“The story is heartwarming, that’s for sure,” Jeffries said. “However the media had the perfect opportunity to discuss the reunion within the context of an ex-husband who may have deliberately alienated two little children from their mother for three decades and the media swung and missed.”

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3 Responses to “Reunion story incomplete without exploring alienation angle”

  1. Terri says:

    Hello Mike:

    I just spotted you on Divorce Saloon.

    You might want to take a look at this very recent case from England- horrible alienation case, where even the judge was upset – and powerless.

    I, for one, am dismayed by the appeal taken by the child’s lawyer, which I think put the nail in the coffin of the father’s case. I’d be interested in your thoughts.

  2. mike says:

    Hi Terri:

    A very sad case.

    Unfortunately, the brief online outline of the case does not convey the intense sadness, energy, hopelessness, and financial burden that all parties endured. I can only speak from the perspective of a parent who fought the good fight in court for years — trying to get the court to recognize alienating behavior and impose consequences that wouild help repair my relationship with my son. Sometimes it is better to let go of the rope. This doesn’t mean we give up hope or stop trying, it just means we stop fighting in court, and we walk out with our heads held high secure in the knowledge that we did everything possible.

  3. Terri says:

    Well said. I hope it all works out for you. I’ll be following your blog, Mike.

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