People who are fighting for custody often have to deal with challenges from their ex. While this is common, some will have to deal with more intense issues because their ex is narcissistic.
One of the most important things to remember in these cases is that your child’s needs to be your priority. Your ex isn’t going to be able to think about this because they’re too self-centered. In fact, they will likely battle with you even if something is best for the children just because they want to be in control.
A person who exhibits narcissistic traits will try to get on your nerves. They want to invoke a reaction from you. By limiting communication to only what has to do with the children, you may minimize their opportunities to get you to react. Monitored communication is ideal, so consider using a parenting app or something similar. You may also communicate through a neutral third party, but never try to send messages through the kids.
You may find that everything you do is questioned. One option for addressing this is to keep a record of everything. This includes purchases for the child, medical visits, school-related matters and anything else that might be called into question. Having proof of what you claim may help to improve the chance that the court will see what’s actually going on.
Fighting a child custody battle can be challenging; however, be sure that you don’t let it get the best of you. Being able to remain calm and work through the matters at hand can help you and your children. The parenting plan you set must address what the kids need now. Don’t try to think too far in the future because it might thwart the goal of doing what’s best for them now.