If you are no longer in a romantic relationship with the other parent of your child, you might share custody with them and have a co-parenting relationship. Most parents don’t have to worry about their child’s well-being when they are staying with their other parent. This is because they trust that the other parent is loving and responsible toward their child.
If you worry about your child’s physical and emotional well-being when they visit their other parent, this should be a cause for concern. Perhaps your child has been afraid to visit their other parent, or they have told you that they are yelled at and called names on a regular basis. Your child may be suffering from abuse even if they are not being physically harmed. Emotional abuse is more common than many people think, and child custody courts seek to protect children from such treatment at all costs.
How is emotional abuse defined?
Children have a right to love and support from their parents. In addition, they should never be made to feel afraid of their parents or emotionally deprived in some way. Emotional abuse can take many forms, and it quite often accompanies physical or sexual abuse. It can also occur in isolation.
Emotional abuse can include name-calling and bullying. A parent might, for example, single out one child from their siblings and make them feel are though they are different, evil or unloved.
If you are concerned about the way your child is being treated at their other parent’s house, it is important that you raise these concerns and take action to protect your child.