Preparing to divorce a narcissist can be a challenging and emotionally taxing process. Narcissists often react to divorce with attempts to control the situation, manipulate circumstances or even retaliate in various ways. This can make divorcing a narcissist a complex undertaking.
Narcissists often exhibit a lack of empathy, a need for admiration and a sense of entitlement. They may use manipulation or emotional abuse tactics during the divorce process. Recognizing these likely risks can help you to anticipate their actions and planning accordingly.
Gathering financial and legal documentation
Narcissists may hide assets or manipulate financial information during a divorce. It’s essential to gather all financial documents, such as bank statements, tax returns and asset information before initiating the divorce process. Secure copies of all vital documents and store them in a safe place.
A narcissist may attempt to use financial means to maintain control. It’s important to prepare financially for the divorce by understanding your financial situation, setting up separate bank accounts, and ensuring access to funds during the divorce process.
Keep detailed records of all interactions with the narcissist. This includes documenting instances of manipulative or abusive behavior, which can be crucial in legal proceedings.
Planning for custody and parenting
If children are involved, plan for potential custody battles. Narcissists may use children as pawns in the divorce process. Consider the children’s best interests and be prepared for possible legal disputes over custody and parenting time.
Hiring an attorney experienced in high-conflict divorces is crucial if a narcissist is involved. They can help strategize the most effective approach and protect your interests throughout the process.