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Defining and divorcing a narcissist

On Behalf of | Aug 2, 2022 | Family Law

Life may be a little rocky if you live in Georgia and you’re parting ways with a narcissist. Breaking up is challenging enough, but life can get downright hectic when you have kids and are battling someone with an irreparable mental health condition.

Qualities of a narcissist

Believe it or not, we’re all a bit selfish. Our species couldn’t survive if we weren’t. But some people are saddled with extreme cases. Rooted in childhood trauma, narcissistic personality disorder is a vicious passenger. It causes individuals to:

  • Rely on manipulative tactics
  • Demand loads of attention
  • Lie, cheat and steal
  • Make life miserable for those in their immediate orbit
  • Become violent when things don’t go their way

What can you anticipate when co-parenting with a narcissist? Prepare for a fight, and expect them to:

  • Demand an excessive amount of information about everything
  • Make scenes at drop-offs and pick-ups
  • Make a nuisance of themselves during your time with the children
  • Grill the kids about what goes on when they spend time with you
  • Ignore the custody agreement
  • Play the victim

Seeking professional advice

What should you look for in professional help when trying to hammer out a child custody agreement with a narcissist:

  • Experienced
  • Good communicator
  • Great listener

How do you win?

The key to prevailing over a narcissist is patience and emotional control. Furthermore, make sure you document everything and keep it organized. When separating from a narcissist, there’s a better than average chance you’ll find yourself back in court more than a few times.

Yes, sharing custody with a narcissist can be like an MMA fight. But if you train, perfect your moves, and get the right support team, you may just come out on top.