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Are you divorcing a narcissist?

On Behalf of | Apr 17, 2020 | Firm News

To divorce in the Maryland and D.C area is difficult enough for most couples. There are always two sides to the story and sometimes heated and volatile emotions. If you suspect that you are divorcing a narcissist, you may be dealing with a situation outside your typical divorce. For this reason, Psychology Today offers insight into the differences in narcissist divorce.

To an outside party, your divorce may look typical. After all, fights between divorcing couples is an expectation. However, when it comes to a narcissist, you may be dealing with a bully. Narcissists pin all of the blame on the other partner. During a divorce, they may have a sense of abandonment and may seek vengeance. Often, they will go after your children or your finances. It is not above them to use others as pawns. Narcissists are vulnerable to critique and do not take losing easily.

Injuries can haunt a narcissist for a long time. They may feel humiliated or degraded and hence react with hostility. In a normal divorce, you and your partner will eventually move on. With a narcissist, it can take much longer than three years for them to adjust. They may always cast the blame on you for their unhappiness. To understand narcissistic divorce provides the non-narcissistic spouse with the means to handle the divorce more effectively.