Children can experience emotional duress and difficulty with adjustments in multiple areas of their lives when their parents divorce. Most Nebraska parents strive to protect the best interests of their kids to the best of their ability, often through a custody and visitation plan that allows the child to have access to both parents and relative continuity of lifestyle. However, there are situations in which the actions of a parent can negatively impact a child.
A divorce is a highly stressful process, and it can be difficult for parents to navigate the strong emotions they are experiencing during this time. These emotions may drive a parent to act in a negative manner, impacting the children and causing discord in the family. This behavior is known as malicious parent syndrome, and if the other parent is acting in this way, you can take action that would protect your children.
Recognizing malicious parent syndrome
You may not be sure that what you are experiencing counts as malicious parent syndrome. While it is normal to have a period of adjustment and difficult emotions, any of the following behaviors could indicate that your child’s other parent is acting in an inappropriate manner:
- The other parent is acting in certain ways in order to punish you by alienating the children and refusing to allow you to have rightful access to your kids.
- The other parent has involved others in his or her effort to keep you from your children.
- The other parent is refusing to allow you to have your visitation time or is refusing to allow you access to important events for your children.
- The other parent lies to the children about you and tries to sabotage your relationship with them.
The explanation for these behaviors may be malicious parent syndrome if there are no mental issues that could explain the parent’s actions. If you believe you are experiencing a violation of your parental rights, you do not have to remain silent.
What are your options?
You have certain parental rights, and you have the right to fight for the relationship you have with your kids. Malicious parent syndrome is unacceptable, and it can have a negative impact on the mental and emotional health of your kids. If you are experiencing this, you may benefit from seeking an explanation of the specific legal steps you can take to find a beneficial resolution.