Ben Mansfield successful in Parental Alienation case involving teenage children
Ben Mansfield represented a Grandfather in a parental alienation case in which the paternal family generally had been alienated from the children by mother. The psychologist and CAFCASS officer were wholly against grandfather's case but were fatally undermined in cross-examination, and following cross-examination of Mother the court made a series of adverse findings against Mother that she had alienated the children from Father and Grandfather. Given the criticisms of CAFCASS the judge appointed NYAS to represent the children, who were aged 13 and 15. The case shows that the courts will take parental alienation seriously even with children into their teens, and will not simply give up.
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Instructing Solicitor was Hannah Cornish at Slater and Gordon.