When Kentucky divorces turn toxic, it’s often fathers’ rights that come under attack. That’s because mothers often get the upper hand in custody disputes. Many fathers don’t realize a divorce has turned toxic. Unfortunately, by that time the damage has already occurred. Here are four ways that the other parent can undermine fathers rights during a toxic divorce.
Ignoring Visitation Agreements
Visitation orders provide a guideline for parents to follow. These orders help ensure a consistent schedule for children of divorce. During a toxic divorce, the other parent may not adhere to the agreement. This can put fathers at a disadvantage. As primary caregivers, mothers are often given some leeway for delays in following visitation orders.
Making Disparaging Remarks
Disparaging remarks can undermine the parent/child relationship. But, disparaging remarks can also create a toxic environment during divorce proceedings. Unfortunately, people may use disparaging remarks to give themselves power during a divorce. Once disparaging remarks get made, it can create problems for fathers trying to protect your rights during a toxic divorce.
Prolonging the Proceedings
It’s not uncommon for toxic divorces to spend more time in the court system. One party may use legal tactics to delay divorce proceedings. Delays can create serious problems for parents trying to maintain a strong parental bond with their children. This is especially true for fathers who may need to fight for their rights to visitation and custody.
Using Parental Alienation
Parental alienation is another problem that can arise in a toxic divorce. Parental alienation happens when one parent uses negative comments to turn a child against the other parent. Fathers can have a difficult time fighting the effects of parental alienation.
Divorces don’t need to turn toxic. When they do, they can have a negative impact on the parent/child relationship.