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Malicious Mother Syndrome Malicious Mother Syndrome has been recognized as a national problem This syndrome effects as many as six million children nationally Cases of Malicious Mother Syndrome involve visitation interference accompanied by vicious behavior such as violence and violations of the law that are acted out against the father Arditti 1992 reports that approximately 50 of divorced fathers report that their ex-wife has directly interfered with visitation with their children Approximately 40 of custodial mothers admit denying visitation their ex-husband visitation in order to punish them Malicious Mother Syndrome has shown that cases of chronic visitation interference go way beyond attempts at alienating a child from the father Turkat in press has reported the disorder fits into these five categories 1 excessive litigation 2 denying regular visitation 3 denying participation in extra curricular activities 4 malicious lying to others 5 violating the law to attack the father Excessive litigation takes place during the divorce The mother acts out against the father trying to discredit him or to delay the court proceedings An unpleasant turn of events happened when a woman was able to manipulate a mental health professional to testify in court that the husband was in need of therapy but this mental health professional has never met the father Turkat in press Attempts to extend court proceedings are often Zotti 2 successful for these women forcing the father to take time off work and extending the time of visitation between father and child Experts agree that visitation with both parents is unquestionably beneficial to the children Unfortunately even when the father has a legal right to visitation the mother will continue to interfere It is not uncommon for a mother to use violence toward the fathers when he wants to see his children Take this woman for example she had previously attacked her ex-husband physically during a visitation transfer she then refused to provide the children when
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