My ex-wife has undiagnosed narcissistic personality disorder with signs of being bi-polar and it is damaging our children when she has custody.
How much documentation of her disorder is needed to either force supervised visitation or remove visitation all together? At a minimum, how can I force psychiatric help?
I am unable to give you legal advice on divorce. I can give general divorce help for men, though, my knowledge is based on Georgia child custody laws where I am licensed to practice.
First, keeping a journal in which you log every event and incident is always useful. If you believe it is in your children’s best interests, you have the option of petitioning the court for a modification of child custody, which may include a request for supervised visitation.
Once a modification of custody action is pending, there are typically various options to assist the court in determining if supervised visitation is necessary. Such options include a guardian ad litem and/or use of a counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist.
A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a third party appointed to represent the child(ren). Typically the GAL will interact with the child(ren) in both homes and talk with the child(ren) and both parents.
Then, the GAL will prepare a report describing the current situation and make a recommendation as to child custody, parenting time, etc. The GAL’s report is not binding, however, the court will take the report into consideration when making its final determination of the issues in the case.
There is also the option of moving the court to require the mother to undergo a psychological or psychiatric evaluation or child custody evaluation. This evaluation may require all parties or just your ex-wife to meet with the professional on various occasions.
Once the professional has completed the evaluation, a report will be prepared for the court, that will diagnose any disorders, as well as provide an opinion as to the best visitation schedule.
Again, this report is not binding, but the court will use the results when making its ruling. Further, if the mother’s disorder is severe, her testimony at trial may prospectively help your case.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult with divorce lawyers for men in your jurisdiction.