Alienating Parents Don't Change

The parable of the frog and the scorpion is most appropriate when dealing with a child custody case that has parental alienation going on.

Mrs. Scorpion wanted to get to the other side of the river, so she asked Mr. Frog to carry her across. He said, “If I do that you’ll sting me and I’ll die.” She replied, “but then I would die also.” Mr. Frog, thinking she would act in her best interest, agreed to carry her across the river, and when they were halfway, she stung him. “Why? why did you do it? we’ll both die.” She answered the only way she could, “It’s just my nature – I couldn’t sting you.”

In our divorce and child custody cases from Van Nuys to Orange county, in Ventura and in Santa Monica, I’ve seen the same thing, time and time again. The Alienating Parent will not change – they have to be contained.

Because they generally have some type of personality disorder they are immune to treatment and will disagree or deny any contrary conclusion issued by a therapist or evaluator.


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