Resources for assessing child refusal/resistance

When a child is resisting or refusing time with a parent/carer post-separation, there may be a number of causes for this. This guide describes the range of potential causes for the resistance and/or refusal, and supports exploration of the impact on the child of adult behaviours, including alienating behaviours. It also provides guidance on children’s wishes and feelings and making recommendations to court in these circumstances.

Our Family Court Advisers consider the intensity of the parental behaviours alongside the impact of these behaviours on the child.

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