divorcing a narcissist

After you have filed for divorce, you want the process toward a settlement to go smoothly. However, if you are involved with a narcissist, you may be in for a long and arduous journey. Negotiating a Texas divorce settlement with a narcissist can be a challenge. 

You may want to work with an experienced family law attorney to handle these cases. Otherwise, your narcissistic ex-partner may try to wear you down for a less-than-reasonable resolution. Here is how you can reach a divorce settlement with a narcissist. 

Negotiation Challenges

In the state of Texas, all assets acquired during the marriage are community property. As a result, they must be divided equitably. With child custody, the determination is based on the child’s best interest. Negotiating any of these agreements with a narcissist can be difficult. 

Narcissism and amicable settlements are not terms that go hand in hand. Many times, narcissists have a lack of empathy for others. They will try to fight for a settlement that is in their best interests while trying to “win” the case. Along the way, they will manipulate the situation to benefit their needs, regardless of whether it hurts their ex and children. 

When facing that type of person, you need a strategy to settle.

Strategies to Reach a Divorce Settlement

When it comes time to negotiate with a narcissist, you need to set firm boundaries. These individuals are experts who push those limits, even for the most level-headed person. With that in mind, you may even want to leave the negotiation to a family law attorney. You need to remain focused on the facts of the case. 

Narcissists love to make personal attacks. Often, it can be hard to manage your emotions during this process. A third party can help negotiate settlement agreements. In turn, you can reach a fair resolution without losing your calm. 

With the property distribution process, you want to make sure it is fair to you. For that reason, you should have detailed records of all your bank accounts, retirement holdings, and other assets. Keep this documentation away from the narcissist. With records of all your assets, you can ensure that everything is divided fairly and equitably.  

Along with that, you also need to protect your personal interests. Most of the time, a narcissist will use manipulative or unfair behavior to sway the proceedings in their favor. With that in mind, you may want to keep records of all interactions with them. Any documentation of their behavior may make the courts decide with you. 

Finally, you always want to focus on your emotional health. While you can leave the legal issues to your attorney, consider seeking mental health support from a therapist or support group. You can find a little solace in your situation by talking to other individuals who have experienced the same battles. 

We Can Help Reach a Settlement with a Narcissist

It is never easy to go through a divorce with a narcissist. These individuals will do everything in their power to win at all costs. If you want to work towards a divorce settlement, then it may be time to reach out to an experienced attorney.

At the Law Office of J. Kevin Clark, we know the ins and outs of negotiating a Texas divorce settlement with a narcissist. Call (817) 241-3328 to schedule a consultation.

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