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Co-parenting issues with a narcissist

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2022 | Family Law |

Some wonder why narcissists behave the way they do, and others spend so much time dealing with direct conflicts with such troubled people that they have no time to reflect. Persons married to a narcissist might feel so overwhelmed and emotionally drained, they simply want the marriage to end. Negotiations in a New Jersey court room could become more complicated when attempting to devise a parenting plan when one spouse is a narcissist.

Troubles continue into child custody discussions

Narcissism is a personality disorder that makes someone excessively self-centered and involved. Other people’s needs mean little to a narcissist, and narcissists tend to be abusive towards others. A narcissist’s constant demand for attention and troubling behavior could ruin a marriage. Although the marriage ends, the narcissist may still intend to have a relationship with their children. A co-parenting plan details how the parents will devise sole or joint custody specifics. Narcissists could become impossible when trying to devise a parenting plan.

A narcissist could act as a contrarian. Whatever the other spouse wants, the narcissistic might be disagreeable merely to drag out the proceedings. Such behavior might add unnecessary and unwanted time and costs to the process, but the narcissist might be focused on punishing a spouse rather than being reasonable.

Addressing troubles with the narcissist

Family law statutes allow a judge to have the final say on any negotiated co-parenting plan. So, a narcissist’s unreasonable requests may never find their way into any final judgments. In some instances, ending negotiations and moving to a court trial might be necessary when negotiations and mediations prove unworkable due to a narcissist’s behavior.

A narcissist’s past actions could work against them. Documented evidence establishing a spouse’s abusive tendencies may affect how the court rules on child custody.

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