Is parental alienation taken seriously?

The concept of parental alienation is becoming an increasing feature of child arrangement applications. In the UK, there is no legal definition of parental alienation, and as a result, is an uncertain area of law. If parental alienation is suspected by a court, it has a broad duty under the Children Act 1989 to make the child’s welfare its paramount consideration in any decision relating to their upbringing. The court also has a duty to make every effort to ensure, as far as it can, that children have a worthwhile relationship with both parents after separation.