Co-parenting with a narcissist

On Behalf of | Jun 29, 2022 | Child Custody |

A co-parenting plan could establish rules and order for child care and custody. Former couples may no longer get along after receiving a final divorce decree in New Hampshire, but they might still need to interact because of their children. Troubles and conflicts could become problematic if one parent is a complete narcissist.

Troubles with a narcissist

A narcissist is typically a self-centered person who thinks the world revolves around them. A narcissist could be mental and physically abusive, constantly displaying anger. Sometimes, a narcissist could make things difficult for an ex-spouse by not adhering to a co-parenting plan.

A narcissist’s problems could make it impossible for a co-parenting plan to work. Perhaps during the divorce proceedings, the more responsible spouse might need to establish clear rules and parameters when drafting the co-parenting plan. The plan might request that the narcissist only see the child during supervised visits at a safe location.

Working with the courts

A family court judge must sign off on any child custody arrangements. During the hearing, the one spouse could present evidence about the narcissist’s lack of fitness. Submitting evidence, such as voicemail recordings and text messages, may paint a picture of the troubles coming from the narcissist.

A narcissistic ex-spouse may engage in many steps to undermine the relationship between the child and the other parent. Bringing such behavior to the court’s attention seems advisable. These actions could be abusive, leading to the one spouse seeking a new custody arrangement.

In any hearings or negotiations with a narcissist, the other spouse may need to leave most dealings in the hands of a personal representative. A detached professional might know how to handle an emotionally charged and unreasonable person.