FAQs Parenting Time & Decision Making

Is Parental Alienation a Crime?

Written by Russell Alexander ria@russellalexander.com / (905) 655-6335

There are no federal or provincial laws regulating parental alienation in Canada. That being said, some courts recognize parental alienation as a serious issue with potential long-term effects and serious harm for the child. If a court believes that a party is alienating a child from their parent without due cause, they can take measures to place the child in the alienated parent’s care. A parent who is actively alienating a child may lose custody and or access.

If you believe that the other party is alienating your child from you it is important to see a lawyer immediately to get advice crafted to your particular situation.

Divorcing parents could lose custody of their children for parental alienation if they try to turn the children against a parent.

Learn more at https://www.russellalexander.com/resources/family-law-faqs/parental-alienation/

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Russell Alexander

Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Oshawa, Concord, Lindsay, and Peterborough.

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