This Article documents the California family law courts’ poor responses to children’s disclosures of child abuse and neglect, presuming that they are false, minimizing the impact of abuse on children, or engaging in wishful thinking that the abuse will simply cease even though the perpetrator has faced no accountability and taken no steps to reform. It focuses on the detrimental impacts that the pop psychology of “parental alienation” has for child safety when children’s reports of abuse are disbelieved and minimized, particularly when it combines with other fact-finding failures in the courts.

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