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Defining "Disneyland Dad" syndrome

Divorcing parents in San Antonio may be prepared to invest a great deal of time, effort and emotion into battling it out with their soon-to-be exes over who gets custody of the kids. The negative feelings that they may currently share for each other likely have something to do with this, as their desire to punish their spouses for the others' parts in ending their marriages may be equally as strong as their concern for their kids' well-being. Yet if those involved in custody disputes such as these were able to peek into the future and see the results of their efforts, they may be more willing to work with their spouses to come to more amicable agreements. 

Many divorced families often end up dealing with "Disneyland Dad" syndrome. The St. Johns Law Review defines this as situations where non-custodial parents feel that since their visitation time with their kids is limited, they are obligated to spend it on event-filled amusement rather than performing typical parenting duties. Not only is most of their time with their kids dedicated to activities, but they also often fail to put any restrictions on the children while with them. The kids stay up late, eat whatever they want and do whatever they want. 

This often leads to the non-custodial parent being labeled "the fun one," while the custodial parent is the one forced to provide guidance and mete out discipline. Yet "Disneyland Dads" may also suffer because of their actions. Information shared by the Huffington Post reports that the enjoyment kids get from these diversions is temporary, and that as they age, they begin to feel that they cannot rely on their non-custodial parents to perform regular parenting duties. Given this information, divorcing couples may want to reconsider their strategies during child custody proceedings. 

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