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Ways to co-parent with a narcissist

On Behalf of | Sep 30, 2022 | Family Law |

Narcissists are often manipulative and can be very convincing when it comes to court proceedings. If you are currently going through a child custody battle with a narcissist, it is important to know what your rights are and how to protect yourself and your child.

Establish clear boundaries

Boundaries are important when co-parenting with a narcissist because they will often try to control every aspect of the child’s life. It is important to set boundaries and stick to them in order to maintain a healthy relationship with your child. One boundary that you might want to set is limiting communication to only child-related matters. This will help to prevent the narcissist from using your child in their quest to control you and your feelings.

Keep communication concise

When communicating with a narcissist, it is important to be as concise as possible because they will often try to twist your words and use them against you. By keeping your communication specific and on-topic, you can avoid giving the narcissist any ammunition to use against you. Only discuss child-related matters and try to avoid getting into arguments or debates.

Document everything

It is important to document everything when co-parenting with a narcissist. This includes keeping track of all communication, child custody arrangements and any expenses that you may have. Documentation can help to protect you in the event that the narcissist tries to manipulate the situation.

If the narcissist tries to take your child illegally, it is important to remain calm and try to resolve the situation through communication. If you are unable to resolve the issue, then you may need to seek legal assistance. It is also important to notify your child’s school and any other relevant individuals of the situation so that they have a full understanding of the situation.