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What behavior can qualify as “bad faith” conduct?

On Behalf of | Jan 10, 2024 | Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law |

Co-parenting can come naturally for some divorced couples, but that is not always true. Some scenarios can be more complex, making it difficult for parents to collaborate and compromise after the divorce. However, developing a healthy co-parenting relationship can be vital in keeping the child physically, mentally and emotionally sound, especially when they are also adjusting to life after divorce.

This period can be crucial, making the child more vulnerable to adverse effects from negative interactions with either of their parents. If you or your former spouse commits bad faith conduct, a child could develop grievances and hate, disrupting how they adapt to the new family situation. In Pennsylvania, various actions and behaviors can qualify as bad faith conduct, including the following:

  • Unnecessary and excessive questions about what the other parent is up to
  • Sharing negative feelings and opinions about the divorce with the child
  • Discussing divorce matters in front of the child during visits
  • Painting the other parent in a bad light by deliberately criticizing them in front of the child
  • Pressuring the child to choose between parents
  • Taking measures to prevent the child from interacting with the other parent
  • Involving the child in disputes between parents

These examples can harm the child and their connections with their parents. They can also make parents seem unfit to care for the child, potentially warranting legal remedies to prevent further harm.

Co-parenting in consideration of the child’s needs

After the divorce, you and your former spouse can benefit from developing a healthy co-parenting relationship that prioritizes the child’s needs. By not exposing the child to bad faith conduct, you can prevent rifts between parent-child relationships and maintain peace in the family.