Co-parenting can be a challenging experience, especially when one parent has a narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NPD is a mental health condition characterized by an inflated sense of self-importance, a lack of empathy, and a constant need for attention and admiration. When a parent has NPD, it can make co-parenting difficult and can have a significant impact on the child’s wellbeing. In this blog post, we will explore the types of parenting orders that you should seek to help navigate co-parenting with a narcissist.
Communication is key to successful co-parenting, but when one parent has NPD, it can be challenging to maintain effective communication. Communication orders can help to establish guidelines for how communication between the parents should occur. For example, the order may require that communication occurs via email or text message and that all communication should be respectful and focused on the child’s best interests.
Supervised parenting orders
In cases where a parent with NPD has a history of putting the child’s safety at risk, supervised parenting orders may be appropriate. This type of order requires that all parenting time occurs under the supervision of a third party, such as a social worker or family friend. The aim is to ensure that the child’s safety and well-being are protected during contact with the narcissistic parent.
Co-parenting with a narcissist can make decision-making challenging. Narcissistic parents may be more concerned with their own needs than the needs of the child. Decision-making orders can help to ensure that both parents have equal input into decisions that affect the child. This type of order may specify how major decisions, such as medical treatment or education, should be made and who has the final say.
Orders for therapy or counselling
NPD is a serious mental health condition that can impact a person’s ability to co-parent effectively. Orders for therapy or counselling can help to ensure that the narcissistic parent receives the support they need to co-parent effectively. For example, the order may require that the parent attend individual therapy or participate in co-parenting counselling.
In conclusion, navigating co-parenting with a narcissist can be a challenging experience. However, there are parenting orders that can help to make the process easier and ensure that the child’s best interests are protected. Communication orders, supervised parenting orders, decision-making orders, and orders for therapy or counselling can all be used to help navigate co-parenting with a narcissist. If you are co-parenting with a narcissistic parent, it’s important to speak with a family law lawyer who can advise you on the best course of action for your situation.