Jennifer Hoult, Esq. has served as a prosecutor, court-appointed Children’s Law Guardian, court-appointed Family Court mediator, and certified rape crisis/trauma counselor. She has represented hundreds of children in custody and visitation cases. Her 2006 law review on Parental Alienation Syndrome (“PAS”) is cited in legal proceedings, legal scholarship, and mental health literature in the United States, Europe, and South America. She has presented her research findings on PAS as an invited keynote speaker at international conferences in the United States, Sweden, and Portugal, and for CLE presentations throughout the U.S. Ms. Hoult holds a B.A. with a double major in Computer Science and Religion, from Barnard College, Columbia University; a B.M. degree in Harp from Manhattan School of Music; and a J.D., magna cum laude, from New York University School of Law. She is licensed in California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York.
Parental Alienation in American Family Courts: The Legal Landscape
The debate is over: there is no doubt that Parental Alienation exists. The detractors continue to create a smokescreen of “controversy” both in professional literature and in courts. But an overwhelming number of family courts around the country and internationally have accepted the notion of parental alienation, condemned it, and have acknowledged it as a significant factor in their decisions modifying custody and providing other appropriate intervention. Regardless of how one labels the phenomenon—call it parental alienation, brainwashing, programming, or pathological parenting—American family courts have to come a conclusion that parental alienation exists and needs to be addressed. As one trial judge wrote: “Anybody old enough to drink coffee knows that embittered parties can and do manipulate their children.”
Key topics to be discussed:
• What parental alienation is
• How the courts have defined the phenomenon
• How family court judges, when presented with proper evidence, have ordered appropriate interventions
Date / Time: August 21, 2020
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Section I. What parental alienation is
Section II. How the courts have defined the phenomenon
Section III. How family court judges, when presented with proper evidence, have ordered appropriate interventions
a) Change of custody
b) No-contact or restraining orders
c) Specialized mental health intervention programs
d) Financial sanctions