Parental alienation is an increasingly used tool in the war between divorced or divorcing parents. However, legal experts and psychologists differ about whether such a thing really exists. Depending on the expert, parental alienation syndrome, or PAS, is either made-up psychobabble or behavior by one parent that causes significant harm to children during custody disputes. The reality, of course, is that it’s a little of both. Parental alienation can take a variety of forms – constant negative comments about the other parent, seeking to substitute another adult (usually a boyfriend or girlfriend) as a “new” parent, or trying to convince a child that normal and conventional disciplinary actions are cruel and unusual behavior. The challenge is how to handle a parental alienation situation.