After a divorce, all parties involved suffer to some extent, even under the most amicable and fair agreements. One aspect of this which is often overlooked, however, is the impact of coparenting not on the child, but on the mother. There are many psychological issues relating to maternal attachment, and these can be disrupted when the child is splitting time with another parent. As such, the mother can be an unrealized victim, suffering due to the distance from the child.
- Divorce can be hard on all parties involved, and the attention as such has traditionally turned to the issues children face.
- However, mothers can also be exposed to significant hardship, as the coparenting relationship separates them from their children.
- In some regard, one can think of this separation as a breach of the maternal bond, and, in turn, an issue of women's rights.
“Overcoming the barriers to the re-engagement of mothers alienated from their children’s lives is a vital social justice issue.”