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Divorcing a narcissist spouse: What you need to know

On Behalf of | Mar 3, 2022 | Family Law |

Divorce, by its very nature, is tough enough. And things can get even more complicated when one of the parties has a personality disorder. If you are divorcing a narcissist, it is important to appreciate that the process is likely to be uniquely challenging.

Narcissists do not like losing. Thus, if you are divorcing one, it is in your best interest that you know what you are up against. Here are a couple of tips that can help you divorce a narcissistic spouse successfully.

Have realistic expectations

While most couples are able to reach an amicable agreement on most divorce issues without involving the court, this is not always the case when dealing with a narcissist. Setting realistic expectations ensures that you are both mentally and emotionally prepared for the challenging road ahead. It is important that you embrace the fact that your divorce proceeding will be a protracted court battle, and you will barely see eye to eye on most issues. Also, appreciate that your spouse will likely be unreasonable. As such, you are better off limiting your interactions with them during the divorce process.

Keep clear records

A narcissist will lie at any given time. For instance, they will tell you one thing, only to walk back on their word when the same issue comes up in court. As such, it is important that you are prepared. And this is where proper record keeping comes in. It is important that you keep a record of any documents, emails and text messages that are crucial to your divorce case. This information can be very helpful should you need to prove to the court that your partner has not been truthful.

Divorcing a narcissist may be a tough nut to crack. But so is staying in the marriage. Find out how you can divorce a narcissist without hurting your rights.

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