Generally speaking, across the United States, it is almost universal that Courts will order the “path of least resistance” albeit the least effective intervention when it comes to cases involving Parental Alienation.
That is, the usual treatment is to a local therapist who may have an excellent reputation as a mental health provider, but may, in fact, not be very knowledgeable about Parental Alienation. Not only are Courts prone to this solution, but attorneys representing their clients sometimes encourage their clients to enroll in a therapeutic treatment for a variety of reasons. First, it might demonstrate how committed their client is in resolving the family conflict. Second, sometimes enrolling in therapy may enlist the therapist as an advocate for the client who could be called on to testify. Thirdly, of course, it is possible that a mental health need is identified and the client and his or her children might benefit for such treatments.
The culprit in virtually automatically referring Parental Alienation cases is the lack of education regarding what this complex phenomenon is.