Lollipop Syndrome Law and Legal Definition

Lollipop Syndrome refers to a situation in which one or both parents influence the child with gifts, good food, fun, good times, and minimal discipline in an attempt to win over the child. Parents often resort to such practices to win a custody battle. It is a term that is seen used in family law matters.

The following is an example of a case law defining the term.

The so-called "lollipop syndrome" relates to the situation where one parent in a custody battle may shower the child with gifts and pleasant times, and impose no discipline in order to win the child's preference. [Taylor v. Taylor, 306 Md. 290, 308 (Md. 1986)].