“That which does not kill us makes us stronger.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche

There are a lot of ways to be a sub-par parent but not be unfit under the law. Many parenting styles create trauma for children but aren’t necessarily deemed to be unfit. So, how does the law define an unfit parent? Let’s take a look.

The Profile of an Unfit Parent

It’s important to note that in South Carolina, being declared an unfit parent by the court doesn’t automatically mean that parent won’t have some form of visitation or contact with the child. In many cases, even when one parent is deemed unfit, they’ll still have supervised parenting time with the child. What can get a parent declared unfit in the eyes of the law?

Malicious Parent Syndrome

There is another, less publicized, way of showing the courts you are unfit to parent and that is by displaying malicious parent syndrome. Malicious parent syndrome is abnormal parenting behavior during a divorce or custody proceeding where one parent uses the child as leverage to punish the other parent in various ways. These ways could include:

The underlying reasons one parent displays malicious parent syndrome typically have nothing to do with the child or the child’s welfare and stem, instead, from a desire to hurt or punish the other parent. This lack of regard for the child’s welfare in seeking to punish the other parent is weighed heavily by the courts.

The courts always aim to do what is in the best interests of the child. Losing custody of one’s child can be a traumatic event and even more so if the reasons are baseless. If you think your child could be in jeopardy because of the other parent’s activities or associates, call Bulldog PI to help you get the documentation you need to protect your child from harm.