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How a Narcissist Acts During a Divorce

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Divorce is never easy, but it can be especially difficult when divorcing a narcissist. A narcissist is someone who has an inflated sense of self-importance and who craves admiration and attention. Knowing the signs that your partner is a narcissist can help you prepare for the divorce process and find ways to cope.

What is Narcissism?

In order to understand how to deal with a narcissist during divorce, it’s important first to understand what constitutes narcissistic behavior. Generally speaking, people considered narcissistic have an unrealistic sense of superiority and entitlement, which often leads them to exploit others to get what they want. They also tend to lack empathy and may be excessively sensitive or reactive when criticized or perceived as being wronged in any way. People with these traits typically exhibit some combination of the following behaviors:

  • Expecting special treatment from others
  • Exploiting other people for personal gain
  • Frequently lying or exaggerating their achievements
  • Being overly critical or judgmental of others
  • Having an exaggerated sense of self-importance

Signs of Narcissism During Divorce

When going through a divorce with someone who is narcissistic, there are certain behaviors that you may notice. These include:

  • Refusing to compromise on any issues related to the divorce, such as child custody arrangements or division of assets
  • Making false claims against you to gain leverage in court
  • Demanding excessive amounts of money or other resources
  • Focusing only on themselves and refusing to see things from your perspective
  • Attempting to control every aspect of the proceedings

Handling Conflict With A Narcissistic Spouse During Divorce

When dealing with such extreme behavior during the divorce process, it’s important that you stay focused on protecting yourself legally and emotionally. Here are some tips for handling conflict with your narcissistic spouse during divorce proceedings:

  • Keep communication minimal - The less time spent communicating directly with your spouse, the better off both parties will be. If possible, try using third-party mediators or attorneys for communication purposes instead of engaging directly with each other.
  • Maintain boundaries – It’s important to set clear boundaries with your ex-spouse regarding acceptable behavior during this difficult time. Make sure they know that any attempts at manipulation will not be tolerated.
  • Document everything – When dealing with a narcissist during the divorce process, all conversations should be documented, so there is evidence if things become heated down the line. This will also help protect you if false claims are made against you in court.

Divorcing someone with narcissistic tendencies can be incredibly challenging; however, by understanding what constitutes this type of personality disorder and staying aware of potential warning signs throughout the process, you can protect yourself legally and emotionally while navigating this difficult transition in life. By maintaining strong boundaries and clear expectations while documenting all conversations, anyone going through such a situation should have no trouble finding success despite facing this added challenge in their journey toward freedom!

Let Us Help

If you’re attempting to manage a divorce from a narcissist, you are not alone. The process can be daunting, and you may feel overwhelmed and overwhelmed. Here at Gill Law Group, PC, we have the experience you need for successful legal representation. Our attorneys will work with you, explain your options, and handle complex situations. We understand the enormity of this life situation you may be facing and are here to support you through it all. You do not have to face it alone. Let us help you take the necessary action to protect your rights and ensure you get the best outcome possible.

Contact us today at (949) 681-9952 or visit us online to schedule your free consultation and review the details of your case.