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The Abuse of Police Wellness Checks in High-Conflict Custody Cases

74574072 - policeman fine iconObviously, requesting that the police do wellness checks on children who are legitimately at risk in the care of one of their parents is, sadly, a necessary action. For example, when one parent is proven (with verifiable evidence, not she said/he said) to be an active alcoholic or addict, has chronic relapses, or has a history of violence and neglect yet has somehow managed to retain custody rights. In these situations, there may be times when a wellness check is genuinely necessary. However, in my counseling practice, wellness checks are often just another way for a high-conflict ex to abuse and harass the other parent.

A person the high-conflict parent hates beyond all reason. A person they hate more than they love their children.

It would be interesting to see data regarding the percentage of annual wellness checks police departments conduct in which children are deemed safe vs. in genuine peril. Many of my clients’ high-conflict, personality disordered exes (narcissists, borderlines, histrionics, psychopaths, paranoiacs, dependent personalities) have abused law enforcement wellness checks to the point it has become a form of harassment and abuse of my clients. Also consider how scary it is for most children to have the police randomly show up at dad’s house and want to see them. Not to mention the embarrassment of the neighbors seeing the cops parked in front of the house. Again.


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