Court instruction and assessment

A child’s vehement rejection of a parent after divorce or separation can present the court with significant challenges. Our assessment with therapeutic trial process is designed to offer the court unparalleled clarity in uncovering the underlying dynamics that are causing the rejection and proposals for treatment that are supported in the international research.


Whilst psychological reports are able to offer the court a view on the psychological functioning of the parents and a ‘snapshot’ of the problem, our assessment with therapeutic trial process provides the environment for a depth analysis of the family dynamics, how the child has entered into the rejecting position and how each parent responds to therapeutic input. Through this, we are able to offer the court a comprehensive opinion on the causes of the child’s rejection and detailed proposals for treatment. All of our assessments are carried out by the UK’s foremost experts in children’s post separation relationship refusal and parental alienation.


The Family Separation Clinic is able to provide a number of court-based services, under court instruction, including expert assessment and recommendation for treatment. In many cases, we may also be able to deliver a treatment programme once the court has accepted and ordered it.


Please note that the Clinic uses a psychotherapeutic model of assessment and does not carry out psychological assessments.


All treatment recommendations are planned and presented as part of the assessment process. The cost of any recommended treatment route is provided to the court after the assessment has been completed.

Exceptional costs associated with either assessment or treatment are agreed in advance.


It should be noted that our rates exceed LAA legal aid hourly rates and we are, therefore, unable to carry out work fully funded by legal aid.


The Clinic uses a differential approach to understanding the problem of a child’s rejection of a parent and all assessments and recommended treatment routes are based on international research and established frameworks.


Occasionally, we carry out an initial paper-based assessment as a precursor to a full assessment. Additionally, we may consider carrying out an abbreviated assessment where we consider that the clinical conditions are suitable.


 PLEASE NOTE: You should not ask a court to instruct the Family Separation Clinic to carry out an assessment or undertake any other work unless you have the express written permission from us to do so. Please contact the Clinic if you would like to ask the court to instruct the Clinic to carry out an assessment or other court-based intervention.