Were you involved romantically with a sociopath? If so, you may now find yourself in a custody battle in which your own emotions can be used against you.
Sociopaths — people essentially without a conscious or an ability to feel remorse — make up to 5 percent of the general population. In general, because they are focused entirely around their own needs and disregard the feelings of others, they don’t exactly make good parents.
But that won’t stop one from fighting you for custody.
Experts suggest the following if you suspect (or know) that your child’s parent is a sociopath:
1 – Be willing to walk away from child support, the house, your friends or even the city in which you live if that will give the sociopath incentive to let you have custody.
Find out what the sociopath really wants (because it probably isn’t the children) and use that as your bargaining chip. Does your ex want to be able to say that you were the one who was dumped? Does he or she simply not want to pay support? Agree to the terms, move out of state and cut your ties.
2 – If that won’t work, you need to assume that the sociopath is going to try to hurt you every way possible. Keep in mind that this is someone who doesn’t feel guilt about lying — to anyone.
Get yourself ready for a serious custody fight:
This is a good time to get strong, solid legal advice about your custody case.