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Tips on how to divorce a narcissistic spouse

Many Colorado spouses show the very worst sides of their personality when faced with the end of a marriage. In some cases, however, a spouse is truly aberrant in a clinical manner. Living with a narcissist is difficult; going through a divorce with one is downright unbearable. Here are some tips for moving through a divorce with a manipulative and deeply self-centered spouse.

One of the most important things to remember is the fact that divorce is no place for emotion. That is especially true if the matter ends up before a judge to determine child custody. A narcissist will go to great lengths to elicit an emotional response from his or her partner. Once that emotion is displayed, the narcissist will try to question the other parent's mental stability or grasp on reason. 

It is also important to document as much of the divorce experience as possible. Make an effort to avoid phone calls or face-to-face meetings. Email and text messages are far better at documenting what was and was not said. Keeping the other party at arm's length can also go a long way toward cutting down on tension and drama.

Going through a divorce with a narcissist may not be a pleasant experience. It is, however, one with a distinct beginning, middle and end. Focusing on the tasks at hand can make it easier to move through that process. Faced with turmoil as a divorce nears completion, Colorado spouses can also remind themselves that this is the exact behavior that will cease to play a central role once the divorce is made final.

Source: The Huffington Post, "8 Simple Rules When Divorcing a Narcissist", Lisa Helfend Meyer, Dec. 13, 2017

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