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Tips for divorcing a narcissist

On Behalf of | May 11, 2022 | Blog, Divorce

Few people have a desire to go to court to settle a legal matter. If you’re facing a family law issue like divorce, you may not be looking forward to going to court. Psychology Today asserts that only around 5% of divorce cases are heard in front of a judge. This percentage indicates that many people use mediation or out-of-court settlement methods for their divorce. However, if you’re divorcing a narcissist, this can be easier said than done. Here are some important things to know about ending your marriage to a narcissist if you’re a Texas resident.

The need to be right

Even though some divorced individuals may feel a sense of relief after their marriage ends, divorce is not really a “win” for anyone. If you’ve tried mediation with your ex and they insist on going to a family law court, this could be due to their overwhelming desire to win. A narcissist wants to be proven right at all times and will go to great lengths to embarrass you or prove that you’re “wrong” about a certain aspect of your divorce. Reducing conflicts by working with a third party could help to reduce the effect of the narcissist’s negative behavior.

The use of deceptive charm

You may find yourself in a family law court if your narcissistic ex continues to make empty promises or try to portray you as an unfit parent. Narcissists will often charm people in positions of influence. This makes people more comfortable with the narcissist and allows them to manipulate people into believing the best about them.

Keep receipts or evidence of every agreement you made with your ex and bring it to court if necessary. This can protect your character and help to move the case along.