Episode 19: Navigating Child Custody Challenges With A Highly Narcissistic Co-Parent

Narcissistic Abuse By Jul 08, 2023

In Episode 19 of the Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast, we explore the topic ‘Navigating Child Custody Challenges With A Highly Narcissistic Co-Parent,’ in an exclusive interview with attorney Derek Jacques, Esq. a divorce and child custody specialist.

About Derek Jacques, Esq.

Derek Jacques, Esq. is an award winning attorney. He is renowned for his expertise in divorce and child custody cases, earning him recognition on Fox News and Michigan Lawyers Weekly for his impressive legal victories. 

Learn more about his work at The Mitten Law Firm.

One of the other reasons why having a support group in place helps is that a lot of people who suffer different forms of abuse are led to believe that they are the cause of the problem. They don’t realize that the other person is manipulating them

Derek Jacques

Episode Overview

In this episode, we talk about:

  • Building a support network
  • Disrupting isolation
  • Judge Eric S. Pitchal’s landmark ruling on coercive control on June 5
  • Legally gathering evidence
  • Parent-child estrangement tactics
  • Risk assessment
  • Preventing femicides

Anybody that’s done any kind of research on domestic violence or abuse situations knows, the vast majority of them go unreported.

Derek Jacques

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Manya Wakefield is a recovery coach specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy and coercive trauma. Her expertise has been featured in publications such as Newsweek, Elle, Cosmopolitan, and Huffington Post. In 2019, she launched the social impact platform Narcissistic Abuse Rehab, building a global audience through human rights advocacy. The same year, she published the book ‘Are You In An Emotionally Abusive Relationship,’ which is used in domestic violence recovery groups around the world. In 2020, Manya developed The Coercive Control Legislation Global Database. She is also the host of The Narcissistic Abuse Rehab Podcast, which is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Amazon.