What is the test for a parent who engages in alienation?

British Columbia, Canada


The following excerpt is from McDermott v. McDermott, 2014 BCSC 1740 (CanLII):

The starting point in the discussion is the right of the children to maximum parenting time with each parent. In Angus v. Angus, 2013 BCSC 2414, Greyell J. wrote at para. 34: The law to be applied is clear and has been settled for many years. That law provides a child is entitled to maximum parenting time with each parent. Both parents have a duty and responsibility to encourage maximum parenting time with the other parent. Each parent has had a duty and responsibility not to disparage, demea[n] or degrade the other parent. If a parent engages in alienation the result in these courts is commonly that such parent runs the risk of complete lack of contact with the child. …

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