The number of high-conflict divorce cases with a need to determine child custody has recently increased in Lithuania. Therefore, child custody evaluations are assigned in order to assess not only child‘s emotional relationship with each of the parent or child‘s capability to express his own opinion in court but specialists in legal system have also started raising questions about parental alienation syndrome and it‘s manifestation in latter cases. This article shortly summarizes scientific literature which covers high-conflict divorce cases’ impact on psychological well-being of the child and disputing parties. Parental alienation syndrome assessment’s peculiarities and foreign legal system‘s practice in applying means of help in high-conflict ases are also discussed.
Keyword(s): child custody determination, high-conflict divorce, parental alienation, collaboration, mediation.
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