Friendly-Parent Principle Law and Legal Definition

Friendly parent principle is a principle of family law that if one parent is more likely to support the child's relationship with the other parent after a divorce is granted, then that more supportive parent should be awarded custody. However, this theory is subject to much criticisms as the theory's simplicity discourages a parent from revealing anything negative about the other parent to the child, even if relevant to the child's safety, for fear of being viewed as too hostile. Further, the court may not consider the legitimate fears and concerns that motivate a parent's unfriendly behavior.