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Is a narcissist making child custody decisions difficult?

When some New York residents got married, they may have felt that their spouses were a little full of themselves. Over the years, that notion may have grown into realizing that they had married complete narcissists. Not only did these spouses feel a sense of entitlement, desire constant admiration and believe they were the center of everyone's lives, but they may have also had negative impacts on their children. As these issues grew, the time for divorce came as did making child custody decisions.

It is not unusual for a narcissistic parent to cause children to have low self-esteem and confidence issues. They often want their children to be as "perfect" as they feel themselves to be, and as a result, every action made by the children may come into question by this parent. This destructive behavior may have a non-narcissistic parent concerned about what would happen if the other parent gained custody after divorce.

Taking these factors into consideration may be an important aspect of the legal process. It may also be wise to remember that a narcissist may try to create unnecessary drama or even alienate the other parent from the children in efforts to get revenge. These difficulties can make coming to any decision challenging, and parents may not know how to effectively handle the issues.

Narcissistic parents and spouses are not an overly rare occurrence. Therefore, New York residents who must deal with this type of person during divorce and child custody hearings may have the ability to find out the best approaches for dealing with such an individual. Concerned parties may wish to consult with their legal counsel in hopes of finding the best strategies for facing legal proceedings and best options for coming to beneficial custody terms when a narcissist is involved.

Source: goodmenproject.com, "The Narcissistic Father During And After Divorce", Feb. 16, 2018

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