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Divorcing a narcissist in Maryland

On Behalf of | May 3, 2022 | Divorce |

Narcissism is an actual disease, a true psychological disorder. If you are divorcing a narcissist in Maryland, be prepared for a tough battle. They are known to do everything in their power to make sure they come out on top. Here’s a look at what to expect when divorcing a narcissist.

1. Ruthless control over everything

Narcissists crave control; it’s the essence of their functionality. They will do whatever they can to manipulate the divorce process and make sure they are the ones calling the shots. Your narcissistic soon-to-be ex-spouse may try to drag out the process as long as possible or refuse to cooperate to gain an advantage.

2. If you have children, they will use them against you

The narcissist may try to turn the children against you or use them to manipulate you. You’ll notice this through their spirited fight to gain custody of your kids to have power over you.

3. They will try to destroy your reputation

Narcissists are master manipulators. They will do everything they can to paint you in a negative light and make you look like the bad guy. They may try to spread lies about you or slander your name to tarnish your family’s or friends’ reverence over you.

4. They can try to ruin your finances

Another common trait of narcissistic people is greed, selfishness, and disregard for the affairs of others. And so, by their very nature, a narcissist may target your finances to make divorce even harder for you. They may try to hide assets, rack up debt in your name, or even steal money from you outright.

When divorcing a narcissist, be proactive in protecting yourself from their ill traits and schemes. For example, gather all your important documents and keep them in a safe place, cancel all your jointly held accounts, and if you have kids, protect them, for they may not know they can be used as pawns in the divorce proceeding.