Texas parents who are separated or divorced have experienced how delicate custody agreements are for the children involved. Maintaining the children's emotional health during the transitional process and afterwards is usually one of the priorities for parents. However, there are situations when one parent might manipulate the children to gain some advantage in the situation at the expense of their emotional well-being.
Dealing with a narcissistic ex-spouse who is not above emotionally manipulating the children can be challenging. In a very short time, the narcissistic parent might create a rift between the other parent and the children, leaving them confused and emotionally unstable. They might also speak to others about the situation, creating doubt about the other parent during the divorce process. In those situations, the other parent might find themselves facing the emotional repercussions of the narcissistic parent's actions and even legal repercussions resulting from them.
To protect the children from a narcissistic parent, parents must be aware about their parenting rights with clear documentation. They should not hesitate to call law enforcement if necessary to protect their children and their parenting rights. Finally, they should provide a loving, stable home for the children where they can feel safe and work through the feelings evoked by manipulations of the narcissistic parent. This can be done by expressing unconditional love for the children as well as creating a supportive environment as the children grow up until the children are old enough to identify when a parent is lying and manipulating and when a parent is telling the truth.
For a parent who finds themselves dealing with a narcissistic, manipulating ex-spouse, the support of a lawyer with family law experience might be another resource they can use to protect themselves and their children. A lawyer may be able to explain an individual's parenting rights after divorce and help them ensure that the parenting agreement is respected.