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Tips for dealing with challenging former partners

It can be difficult for anyone to deal with a narcissist or those who display other challenging personality traits. However, even narcissists may be entitled to visitation or other rights to their children. Ideally, parents in Georgia and elsewhere can adapt to their situation and do what is best for their sons or daughters. For instance, it may be best to limit how much contact a controlling or abusive parent has with a child.

It can also be a good idea to create boundaries and demand respect from the child's other parent. The top priority for custodial parents is to make sure that they and their children feel safe both physically and emotionally. While it may be impossible to control what the other parent does, an individual can control what he or she does. Therefore, it is important for individual parents to model behavior that they want their kids to see.

This is important for a child's long-term success socially and in other areas of life. It may not be worth trying to apologize to the controlling parent about any mistakes made in the relationship. This will be unlikely to change that person's behavior, and it may only reaffirm that individual's belief that the relationship failed because of those mistakes.

Those who are dealing with a controlling or narcissistic parent may want to consult with a family law attorney. Doing so may make it easier to take action if that parent fails to live up to financial or other obligations to a child. In some cases, it may be possible for a court to require that visitation be supervised or that parental rights be terminated. If parental rights are terminated, an individual may still be required to make support payments until a child reaches adulthood.

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