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What is “gatekeeping”?

Parental gatekeeping encompasses attitudes and behaviours by either parent that affect the quality of the other parent-child relationship and/or level of involvement with the child in either a positive or negative way.

Gatekeeping occurs when one parent helps or blocks the other parent in his or her parenting role — essentially “opening” or “closing” the other’s access to their children. “Closing the gate” on the other parent interferes with the development of a positive co-parenting relationship and hurts children and parent-child relationships. Not falling for the trap of negative gatekeeping will result in the children gaining trust in both parents and feeling more confident about their relationships with both parents.
Restrictive gatekeeping practices in custody disputes often involve higher conflict situations that result in numerous court appearances, limiting children's contact with the other parent, interfering with ongoing contact, and/or rigid compliance with the Parenting Plan orders or agreements.