Children benefit when they are able to maintain strong relationships with their parents after the divorce process is final. Many Florida parents are able to abide by the terms of their custody order and provide their children with peace of mind and continuity of lifestyle by working together. 

However, you may find this is not the case in your situation. When parents continue to fight and remain in contention over the children after the custody order is final, it can lead to potentially serious issues. One of these issues is malicious parenting, which happens when one parent attempts to damage the child’s relationship with the other parent.

What is malicious parent syndrome?

Malicious parent syndrome happens when one parent works intentionally to damage the child’s relationship with the other parent by taking specific steps to interfere emotionally, physically and mentally. This can cause irreparable damage in your relationship with your child, but you can fight back.

You may be unsure if what you experiencing is actually malicious parenting syndrome, but you could be a victim of this type of behavior if the other parent has done the following:

  • Refusing to return the child after visitation or cutting off all communication between you and your child
  • Lying to your child about you, your actions and your motivations in an attempt to damage the way your child thinks about you
  • Alienating your children from other family members, making important decisions for your child without your input and more
  • Refusing to communicate with you about attending important events for your child, such as soccer games and school performances

If you are dealing with parenting issues or perhaps even malicious parenting syndrome, you have the right to take action. You can seek a legal remedy to this situation and a restoration of your parental rights.

Protecting this important relationship

It is not always easy to know what to do when there are issues with the other parent after a divorce is final. Fortunately, you do not have to deal with these matters on your own. With legal guidance, you can resolve these issues and maintain the strong relationship you have with your child

If you are unsure of what to do, it can be helpful to start with a complete evaluation of your case. This will inform you of your rights, but it will also allow you to familiarize yourself with the specific legal options available to you.