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Legal Strategies I Used in Family Court In A Custody Battle With A Narcissist*
20 Strategies for Surviving a High-Conflict Custody Battle
By Grace W. Wroldson, author of several books on Amazon
The U.S Family Court System Debacle
As a protective mom, I suffered for eleven years in the U.S. Family Court System. In one battle, I lost my rights to my ex - an angry, bitter, wealthy narcissist, who used the most expensive bulldog attorney to attack me - as a way of defending himself. It was a 5-day trial that spanned two years and took three and a half years to get to. The saga was full of motions, pre-trial hearings, and multiple continuance requests. The truth is, I found the family court to be like a game of chess. He moves, you move. You move, he moves. It comes down to strategy and thinking long-term. For example: sometimes you lose a pawn but you protect the queen. Sometimes you lose a knight (inadequate attorney) but save the child. In order to be effective at this high-stakes game of family chess, I had to have adequate representation. Basically, someone seasoned who knew this legal game well.
“We have to think both short-term and long-term.”
*Disclaimer: These are helpful tips based solely on the author’s thoughts and opinions. The author is not a qualified mental health professional nor a crisis caseworker. She cannot give legal advice or appropriate counsel and is therefore not liable for any injury or harm. Please follow your doctor’s, therapist’s, counselor’s, and lawyer’s advice, as well as your own good common sense and intuition based on your unique case—to see if these tips could be helpful. Child custody situations may vary where some of these will not be applicable for your circumstance. Furthermore, court orders may dictate otherwise. Please use your own good judgment when reviewing this document. This is for personal Self-Help only. These were created from the author’s own lived experience and not based on any laws or rules of the courts. This is copyright protected by the author and is not to be sold, distributed, or quoted without the author’s written consent.
—Grace W. Wroldson, mother, survivor, thriver, certified life coach and author of 5 self-help books available on Amazon
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