What is an "unfit" Parent?

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Old Nov 11th, 2008, 11:37 AM   #1
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Is the only way a custodial parent is seen as "unfit" is if they are on drugs or abusing the children? Thanks!
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Old Nov 11th, 2008, 07:28 PM   #2
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Filthy house (not messy or cluttered...FILTHY), kids failing school, not making kids go to school....

It's hard to "prove" a parent unfit. I had a friend who's husbands children lived in deplorable conditions. They called childrens services. She was given 24 hours notice of a visit, cleaned, showered the kids. This happened 3 times. I witnessed the disgust once, it was BAD. I've never been around children who smelled so horribly.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 07:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. No dirty house in this situation either. It's kinda difficult because the custodial parent really isn't "unfit", but I do think he/she is mentally and emotionally unstable and has always been unwilling to coparent. The non-custodial parent has always been willing to coparent and can provide an environment that is very much in the best interest of the children now that they are older. The children have been very involved with the non-custodial parent from day one so they are very comfortable with the environment and have expressed an interest in spending more time with the non-custodial parent. The custodial parent will not willingly allow joint physical custody even if it is in the best interest of the children. The children have even been told (by the custodial parent) that because they are the custodial parent and the children live with them more his/her word is final and the non-custodial parents word does not matter. It's kinda sad. The children aren't old enough to say where they want to live but one day soon they will be.
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Old Nov 12th, 2008, 08:49 AM   #4
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Well...it is up to the courts to decide where they live. But she can say no to more time if she chooses. Don't pressure the kids, the NCP needs to tell them that each parent has their time and they CAN'T spend more time there. He/she should NOT appear to be flexible if the other parent is not. He/she should also not appear hurt or put down the CP for refusing to modify the schedule. If NCP wants more time he/she needs to ask the CP (without the children knowing - start in SMALL increments - like picking up an hour early) and if she refuses he could petition the court. Just because the NCP is willing to co-parent does not mean the NCP and CP CAN co-parent. Some parents just can't - as these two likely can't. And there may be VERY legitmate reasons that you could be unfamiliar with.

You ever known kids in joint physical sitation where the parents didn't both happily and enthusiastically agree? It's horrible.

No...you can not prove a parent unfit who is not unfit.

It would be great if everyone could just get along...but it doesn't always work that way.
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