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In re Violetta B.:

Notes: Custody changed from foster mother to paternal grandmother but reversed by appellate court.

“The respondent called Dr. Carol Rolland to testify . . . Rolland testified that Minnie made it very clear to her that she wanted to remain with Rodriguez. Rolland believed that Minnie would do everything in her power to maintain her relationship with Rodriguez because it is life-giving psychologically. Minnie has a good relationship with Stanciel and wants to be with her, but not at the cost of losing Rodriguez. Transitions were becoming more difficult because Minnie was experiencing parental alienation syndrome. She was coming depressed, combative and aggressive when faced with visiting Stanciel. According to Rolland, Minnie’s view of Stanciel is very much dependent on whether or not she feels threatened with the loss of Rodriguez.”
In re Violetta B., 210 Ill.App.3d 521, 528, 530, 568 N.E.2d 1345, 154 Ill.Dec. 896 (Ill.App. 1 Dist. 1991).

In re Marriage of Divelbiss:

Alienating Parent: ♀ — Custody to target parent: ♂

“Dr. Shapiro indicated that in 1996 his opinion was that a change of custody was not indicated and that there existed a parent alienation syndrome in that S.D. was being alienated from Richard.”
In re Marriage of Divelbiss, 308 Ill.App.3d 198, 204, 719 N.E.2d 375, 241 Ill.Dec. 514 (Ill.App. 2 Dist. 1999).

In re Alicia Z.:

Alienating Parent: ♀♂ Foster parents

“The foster parents’ attempts to alienate respondent from his children are even more troubling when viewed in light of respondent’s good-faith, dili-
gent effort to regain custody.”
In re Alicia Z., 336 Ill.App.3d 476, 496, 784 N.E.2d 240 (Ill.App. 2 Dist. 2002).

In re Marriage of Bates:

Alienating Parent: ♀ — Custody to target parent: ♂

“Evidence at the Frye hearing established that [Parental Alienation Syndrome] had been described in peer-reviewed literature dating from the late 1980s. Dr. Barden, the psychologist proffered as an expert on the issue of general acceptance in the field, testified that the term ‘parental alienation syndrome’ is not a novel principle, being first referenced by the American Psychological Association in 1994. He testified that PAS is a recognized condition and generally accepted in the field of psychology.”
In re Marriage of Bates, 212 Ill.2d 489, 519, 819 N.E.2d 714 (2004).

In re Marriage of D.T.W. and S.L.W.:

Alienating Parent: ♀ — Custody to target parent: ♂

“The court also heard testimony from Doctor Phyllis Amabile, a board-certified psychiatrist and forensic psychiatrist appointed by the court as an expert on custody and visitation. . . . Doctor Amabile filed her first report with the court on May 6, 2010. . . . Amabile concluded in the report that Z.B.D. was exhibiting signs of alienation from D.T. Amabile explained that alienation is the programming of a child by the alienating parent, in this case respondent, to believe that one parent is good and the other parent is bad with the goal that the child completely reject the other parent.”
In re Marriage of D.T.W. and S.L.W., 2011 IL App (1st) 111225, 964 N.E.2d 573, 577 (2011).

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