“False allegations of parental alienation (FAPAs) may emerge in a variety of shapes and forms, but the end result is the same: an enduring erroneous charge that the other parent is poisoning the children against the claimant. A person making a FAPA must be viewed with serious concern given that it is not normal to promulgate untrue assertions that someone has committed child abuse.” (p. 16)

Ira Turkat



Turkat, I.D. (2005) False allegations of parental alienation. American Journal of Family Law, 19, 15-19.


A parent that knowingly makes a false allegation of Parental Alienation Syndrome is demonstrating harmful, abnormal behavior. Unjustly alienating a child against a parent is a form of child abuse and a false allegation of it is abusive as well.

Individuals who make false allegations of abuse to gain litigation advantages deserve proper punishment, such as the domestic violence perpetrator who falsely alleges his or her victim is evidencing Parental Alienation Syndrome.

Unfortunately, the scientific literature on false allegations of Parental Alienation Syndrome has yet to develop to the level needed.