When Parents Split

BBC Radio 4

Sometimes when parents split, the children are caught in the middle, pawns in a never-ending battle. In this moving programme, Philippa Perry examines Parental Alienation, a label coined by researchers in the US and it’s very controversial. It challenges our belief that the voice of the child should always be listened to in court disputes.

Philippa talks to lawyers, researchers, therapists, and parents, including a mother who has not seen her young daughter for six years – “I’m living in limbo, in a grey zone. My life died when she left six years ago.” and explores the long-term damage done to children.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke

Broadcast Date: 12th May 2019