Italian fined €30,000 for bad-mouthing her ex to her son

Italian fined €30,000 for bad-mouthing her ex to her son
Divorced Italians should watch their words when talking to their children about their ex, a court ruled. File photo: Pexels
An Italian woman has been hit with a huge fine for criticizing her ex-husband in front of her son, according to reports on Wednesday.

A civil tribunal in Rome said that the woman's criticism breached the child's rights to tranquility and to have a healthy relationship with both parents.

According to the judge, the mother – who had custody of the boy – not only failed to ensure her child and ex-husband rebuilt a “healthy and proper” relationship, but also “continued to express her disapproval, using derogatory terms about the boy's father”, legal journal Studio Cataldi reported.

In doing so, the court said that the woman was harming the child's mental health, and stressed the right of children to have two parents – which is enshrined in both Italian and EU law.

Not only did the judge say that the woman's actions amounted to criminal behaviour, but warned that if she continued, it “could lead to modifications of the conditions of custody”.


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