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Is a narcissist making divorce more difficult?

Selfish tendencies, lack of empathy and refusing to accept responsibility may have resulted in many New York couples choosing to end their marriages. If one spouse exhibited these traits, he or she may have been a narcissist. While filing for divorce may have acted as the first step toward allowing oneself to find happiness elsewhere, going through legal proceedings with a narcissist can prove difficult.

Because narcissists often want to get what they desire through any means necessary, they may choose to lie at some point during the divorce process. They may attempt to make their exes look bad by making up stories. While the other spouse may want to prove the falsehood of such stories, speaking directly to the narcissist may not be the best option.

Narcissists often will not listen to rational thoughts. Therefore, individuals may simply find themselves arguing in circles with their narcissistic exes. Parties may instead want to utilize their legal counsel, who could make statements on their behalves. By taking this approach, individuals may avoid wasting time due to focusing on the narcissist's preferred topic rather than his or her wrongdoing.

Certainly divorce can have its difficulties, and finding the best manner in which to approach a particular case can be challenging. Personalities can play a significant role in how smoothly the proceedings go, and narcissists could easily make things harder than necessary. If New York residents feel that their exes present this type of difficult personality, they may wish to discuss their concerns and their options with knowledgeable legal professionals.

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

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