In the recent case of Segal v. Lynch, 413 N.J. Super. 171 App. Div. 2010, it was held that a party is not entitled to money damages for intentional infliction of emotional distress when a parent intentionally alienates a child from the natural bond and affection that should exist with the other parent.  The Court’s reasoning was that this type of lawsuit would harm the child forcing them into the litigation through depositions, psychological examinations and having extended family brought in as witnesses.  The only exception is in cases where the conduct is so extreme and so outrageous as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency.  Examples of this are when one parent falsely accuses the other of sexually abusing the child or where one parent unlawfully abducts the child.