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How can malicious mother syndrome affect child custody?

Malicious mother syndrome is something that can have a big impact on child custody cases. When this occurs, the mother will try to make the father look bad so that she can have the child all to herself. In some cases, she tries to turn the child against the father. It is imperative that men who are involved in a custody dispute with a woman who might be malicious takes this information to heart.

What exactly is malicious mother syndrome?

Malicious mother syndrome isn't something that is officially recognized by the medical industry as a mental health disorder; however, it is something that some fathers and children have to deal with. This is often considered a behavior disorder, but some courts do look at behavior that falls under the syndrome as a factor in some cases.

What does the malicious mother do?

The malicious mother is likely going to badmouth the man so that the children think negatively of their father. This could include fabricating stories or simply focusing on the negative aspects of the marriage. In many cases, the mother is trying to punish her ex for wanting a divorce and knows that having the children turn against him is something that will really hit home.

As your child's father, you have certain rights. It is important that you seek out answers to how you can handle the situation when your ex is trying to make it difficult to impossible for you to exercise your rights. Once you know your options, you can decide the best option for you and your child.

Source: FindLaw, "What Is 'Malicious Mother Syndrome'?," accessed Jan. 03, 2017

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