CHILD CUSTODY – WHAT IT TAKES TO GET MEANINGFUL RELIEF AGAINST PARENTAL ALIENATION – SUPERVISED VISITATION. The Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed a decision continuing child custody with the father and supervised visitation to the mother after a totally unrestrained parental alienation campaign against the father that amounted to a one-sided all-out war. What pushed the trial judge to such extremes in this rather typical alienation case, with the usual degradation of the father, claims of starvation, beatings and rape, pornography use, and a few somewhat original touches, like warning the daughters to keep their door closed, and allegations of bribery of the legal system, may have been the judge’s decision that the mother must be delusional. After all that the judge had heard, this finding of abnormality was reason enough for depriving the mother of her expected by-right custody. The Court of Appeals finds a record that corroborates instances of bizarre behavior and destructive tendencies. It was also O.K. for the trial judge not to have been convinced by the mother’s mental health professionals, who never interviewed the children, relied exclusively on the mother’s self-reported narrative, and nonetheless testified. The judge found from ample testimony of three witnesses that she intentionally sabotaged the father’s relationship with the daughters. The judge also interviewed the 12- and 13-year-old daughters in camera, and it was all right for him to disregard as unreasonable their preference to live with the mother. The judge had concluded that it could well damage the girls to have them live any longer with a parent who is determined to eliminate from their lives their entire relationship with their other parent. Sims-Bernard v. Bernard, unpublished, R. No. 2090-12-1 (10/8/13).