Hearing the Voices of Children in Alienation Cases

Barbara Jo Fidler, Nicholas Bala and Michael A. Saini

in Children Who Resist PostSeparation Parental Contact

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199895496
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199980086 | DOI:

Series: American Psychology-Law Society

Hearing the Voices of Children in Alienation Cases

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It is important for parents, professionals, and judges to consider children's perspectives and preferences about the arrangements for their care, but the stated wishes of a child are not determinative of the child's best interests or of the decisions to be made by parents or courts, even when expressed by an older child or adolescent. The opportunity to be heard is not equivalent to a right to make decisions. Further, the involvement of children should always be arranged in a way that is sensitive to their capacities and vulnerabilities. This chapter discusses children's stated wishes; children's right of participation; and methods for courts hearing the views and wishes of children.

Keywords: children; courts; adolescents; care arrangements; best interests; right of participation

Chapter.  13395 words. 

Subjects: Criminal and Forensic Psychology

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