Narcissistic Personality Disorder is a mental health condition found in several highly-regarded mental health guidebooks, including the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). The disorder is characterized by an excessive need for praise and attention, unstable interpersonal relationships, lack of empathy, and an inflated ego. The term “narcissist” is also commonly used colloquially to describe an individual who is arrogant, unsympathetic, and easily angered. Divorcing a narcissist can be an extremely frustrating and complicated endeavor. If your spouse is a narcissist, you may encounter some or all of the following issues:

You May Be Unable to Negotiate an Agreement on Your Own

Whether your spouse has been formally diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder or not, divorcing someone with an inflated sense of self and a lack of empathy will be an arduous experience. In order to resolve your divorce and move on with your life, you and your spouse will need to reach an agreement about the terms of the divorce. Depending on your situation, this may mean addressing property division, debt division, child custody, child support, and/or spousal maintenance. Reaching an agreement about divorce issues with a spouse who is unwilling or unable to compromise may be nearly impossible. An attorney may be able to help you negotiate a settlement, or your case may go to trial.  

You May Need to Assert Your Rights

When there is a major power imbalance in a divorce, it is highly recommended for the spouse at a disadvantage to retain a qualified attorney. You have the right to an equitable division of the marital estate as well as a fair resolution to other divorce issues. It is important to assert these rights during your divorce. Letting your spouse walk all over you will do nothing to improve your situation. Some spouses hope that if they approach the divorce amicably, their spouse will show them the same kindness. Unfortunately, this is rarely the case when divorcing a narcissist.

You May Need Assistance From a Variety of Professionals

In addition to a skilled attorney, you may also require assistance from other experts who can help you resolve divorce-related issues. If you suspect that your spouse has hidden assets or lied about business revenue, a forensic accountant or business valuation expert can be a crucial resource. You may also want to consider working with a divorce coach or mental health professional. Divorce is already a stressful experience to go through. Divorcing a narcissist can be especially exasperating and disheartening. The more help you can get during this difficult time in your life, the better.  

Contact a DuPage County Divorce Lawyer

The Wheaton divorce attorneys at The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. know the unique obstacles faced by spouses who are divorcing narcissistic or abusive partners. During your divorce, we can work with forensic accountants and other professionals to ensure that you receive the fair divorce settlement or judgment you deserve. Call our office at 630-462-9500 today and set up a confidential consultation to learn more about the services we provide.


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