Cover Story | In the legal guillotine of divorce, wives and husbands often lash
out at one another as state law cleaves one flesh into two again.
But where child custody is at stake, the fighting turns even
uglier. With no Solomon to secure a child's best interests, parents
often tear apart children emotionally by telling them nasty things
about each other. That's "parental alienation," a term widely
accepted in family courts. But "parental alienation syndrome" is a
different animal. And among