A final report on parental alienation in other jurisdictions is currently being reviewed by the Department of Justice as part of a process examining whether policy or legislative changes are required in Ireland to deal with the issue.
Submissions received by the department in response to a consultation process launched in February by Justice Minister Helen McEntee on the same issue are also under review.
The aim of the consultation process was to seek the views of stakeholders and individuals around the issue of parental alienation.
In one of the submissions received in the consultation, One Family, a support group for one-parent families, says the concept of parental alienation is a “divisive, under-researched, and complex issue, which is often misunderstood and sometimes misrepresented”.
In its submission, titled ‘Alienated Children First’, it said the alienation of children from a parent is “a behaviour more commonly used by perpetrators of domestic violence”.