Going through a divorce is stressful. It can be even more complicated when you are divorcing a narcissistic spouse. A narcissist is a person that has an inflated sense of importance. Narcissistic people often have a deep need for admiration and a lack of empathy towards others. Most narcissists suffer from low self-esteem and are vulnerable to the slightest criticism.
Divorcing a narcissistic spouse can be extremely problematic. Such spouses are often hard to deal with during a divorce and often make outrageous demands. It is highly important to have an empathetic attorney who understands a narcissistic personality disorder when seeking a divorce. Read on to learn more about what to expect when divorcing a narcissist and how an empathetic attorney can help you.
Narcissistic Personality Disorder Overview
People who exhibit severe narcissistic traits may suffer from narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). NPD is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of importance, a deep need for admiration, and a lack of empathy towards others. Narcissists are often arrogant, jealous of others, and will exploit people for their advantage. NPD cannot be cured, but professional treatment can help.
People who suffer from NPD have relationship problems. They feel unhappy and disappointed when they do not receive admiration or favors in which they believe are deserved. This is why it is often hard to divorce a narcissist. He may not want to agree to any settlement terms because of his need for admiration and arrogance. As an empathetic attorney, I understand how to deal with a narcissistic spouse. I use certain techniques to negotiate favorable settlements on my client’s behalf.
Divorcing a Narcissist
Divorcing a person suffering from NPD is not easy. Your narcissist spouse will likely not cooperate in reaching a settlement. The narcissist will try to manipulate and exploit you to get what he wants. He may even try to bully you into accepting a settlement. Your spouse will likely refuse to provide you with financial information, negotiate a settlement, listen to his attorney, not follow court orders, and use the children as pawns. Most narcissists love the adversarial aspects of the legal system.
When divorcing a narcissist, you should seek the support of your loved ones. Friends and family can help you identify the narcissistic behavior and help you maintain your sanity when dealing with your toxic spouse. Set boundaries with your spouse and never agree to a settlement without first consulting an experienced attorney who understands NPD. Mediation typically does not work well with people suffering from NPD. Hire an experienced attorney who will be firm in representing you and contest any unreasonable settlement offers. Do not go back and forth with your spouse. This will only increase tension and stress.
Contact an Empathetic Attorney Who Understands NPD
I invite you to contact my law office for legal representation. As an experienced family law attorney, I have settled and litigated several cases involving narcissistic spouses. I patiently work with my clients to help them achieve a fair divorce settlement.