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How to Divorce a Narcissist

One of the most common things we hear from clients here at Owens & Perkins is that they think, or their counselor has said, that their spouse is narcissist. According to the DSM-5, narcissism is a preoccupation with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love. Most people with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (“NPD”) believe they are special, unique and/or can only be understood by people or institutions of higher statues. Some common traits of NPD include:

  • Exaggerated sense of self-importance
  • Sense of entitlement
  • Expects to be recognized as a superior, even when not warranted
  • Preoccupied with power, beauty and success
  • Exaggerates achievements and talents

Sound familiar? Divorce can bring out the worst in us, but if your spouse has narcissistic tendencies, then it can certainly manifest itself during the stress of a divorce and make the process much more difficult as a result. Having an experienced attorney on your side to deal with these personality traits can help alleviate the stress for yourself and move the process along quicker. Dealing with a narcissist takes strategizing for his or her specific personality traits. Here at Owens & Perkins, we have years of experience dealing with narcissists and can navigate through those waters so you don’t have to do it alone. We will gain the relevant information from you and develop the best strategy for success for your situation.

If you, a friend, family member or loved are in need of assistance with a family law assistance, and need the advice and counsel of an experienced attorney, please call OWENS & PERKINS at 480.630.2464 to schedule your free 30 minute consultation.

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