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Why divorcing a narcissist can be so difficult

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2022 | Divorce |

If you’re married to a narcissist, it may be very natural that you want to get divorced. This can be a very difficult type of relationship to be in, and many people eventually feel that they need to improve their lives by moving on.

Unfortunately, a narcissist can also make your divorce process more difficult. Let’s take a look at a few ways that this can happen so that you can plan ahead and know what to expect.

They may want everything

When dividing assets, it’s necessary to compromise and cooperate. The assets need to be split between you and your spouse. However, a narcissist is likely going to fight tooth and nail for everything that they can get. They will not be happy with an equal split, but will only believe that things are fair when they get a larger amount. They see this as a way to “win,” even though divorce cases are not about winning or losing.

They’re going to blame you

The narcissist is also likely going to blame you for the divorce or the problems in the relationship. This may have little bearing on your divorce since you don’t need to declare fault, but it can make it more combative and contentious.

They may try to keep the kids

If you have children together, it is also likely that the narcissist is going to believe that they are the better parent. As a result, they may try to get sole custody and keep you from the kids. They may also do this out of spite if they’re simply angry that you asked for a divorce.

Since you know this is going to be complicated, take the time to carefully look into all of your legal options when you file for divorce. That’s the best way to protect yourself in this kind of situation.