The Top Five Ways Children May Be Harmed by Un-focused Parenting

Part One: Parents do not support their child’s relationship with the other parent by:

  • making the child feel as if the child must choose between them or “take sides.”

  • failing to show respect for the other parent.

  • questioning the child about the other parent’s activities or relationships.

  • making negative remarks about the other parent or the other parent’s family, or allowing others to do so, when the child can hear them.

  • allowing the child to decide whether to go with the other parent for the scheduled parenting time.

  • discussing what led to the parents’ separation with the child or with others when the child can over-hear.

  • inappropriately using or requesting supervised parenting time.

  • failing to allow an infant or a child of any age to develop a relationship with the other parent.

  • inappropriately preventing or restricting the child’s contact with the other parent.

  • posting inappropriate photos, videos, and comments about the other parent or the other parent’s family on social media.

  • sharing information or documents with the child about the parents’ legal, financial, or other disagreements, including child support or what is going on in court.