Divorcing a narcissistic psycho can be hell. If you’re not prepared.
She was. Read on:
I am in celebratory mood. Divorce can be a sad and stressful time for may people, but for this particular fruitloop it’s a cause for much celebration.
Hands up anyone who’s tried to divorce a narcissistic psychopath. OK, so in the absence of my being able to actually see you right now, I guess I should give the heads-up for anyone who suspects that they’re married to a narcissistic psycho and wondering how to achieve such a mind-blowing coup.
Rule Number One:
Just remember, you can’t divorce a narcissistic psycho because they won’t let you. Use reverse psychology. Apply for a divorce. Wait about 8 weeks before they slap an anti-suit injunction on you. Haha! that’s a good one, because they don’t want you to divorce them, they have to divorce you.
Rule Number Two:
Be damn sure you have money to burn. I’m talking eye-wateringly, serious amounts of money that could be used for something far more constructive like your children’s education or your shrink bills. You’ll need the best lawyer you can afford. Firstly, because you have to deal with someone who is more cunning than a friggin weasel and has the charm of one of those guys who do tricks with a snake in a basket. You simply must have a lawyer who’s got teeth and balls. Frisk the bugger’s crotch and ask him to open his mouth. I’M SERIOUS. We all know though, that lawyers with a full set of teeth and mammoth balls don’t come cheap.
Secondly, remember… the psycho will always try to out-do you. They simply have to have the best lawyer. It’s a matter of entitlement. So, you can’t be caught with your pants down and relying on the legal skills of a toothless, impotent, eunuch when he wheels in the big guns.
Rule Number Three:
Patience. Be prepared for the longest, most acrimonious, frustrating, expensive, divorce and settlement in f**ing history. The narcissistic psycho will get these expensive lawyers to communicate about all possible minutiae from weekly letters regarding access to the dog, to a spreadsheet showing who owns the contents of the bloody refrigerator. I jest not! Oh, and you’ll need to sort out that anti-suit injunction.
Rule Number Four:
Keep your marbles intact. There will be times when you get to read and respond to their 100th solemnly sworn affidavit, and you’ll wonder if you’ve lost the plot. These things are amazingly convincing works of fiction, and reading them will make you want to vomit…you’ll probably want to slit your wrists too! DON’T. Sure, they’ll contain a grain of truth, but the truth will be so twisted that you’ll doubt your own sanity. Reach for the diary, the photographic evidence, the forensic accounting report and the bloody Valium….but keep your marbles intact.
Rule Number Five:
When the decree absolute comes through, and he sends you a pompous message reading “I find it so very pleasing that I have finally stopped your divorce and divorced you” …….f**ing well CELEBRATE! You will be finally free of the bastard.
Today, I celebrated with a spot of fly posting around the village. This weekend I am having an enormous party.
BECAUSE DIVORCE IS EXPENSIVE….. BUT FREEDOM IS PRICELESS!
Congrats on being able to free yourself from your N-ex. I hope you’ve got a great support network surrounding you, besides us! Never underestimate these people, the battle may be just starting.
In the N community many people divorcing Ns have issues involving custody and visitation. A great lawyer helps with this immensely, but keeping records of everything is paramount. He may battle you for custody, attempt to use the child(ren) against you, use them to get info on you, put them in the middle, or may ignore the child(ren) altogether. Any way you slice it, it leaves scars on the kids. They’ll use anyone they can to get back at you.
I’m an ACON (adult child of a narcissist), and many adult children from these divorce situations report this kinda stuff. They come seeking the same healing we do. Continue to do your research and best of luck to you!
hanks for your comments Rys. I’m surviving so far but am desperate to provide my two young girls with any tools that will help them deal with their daddys behaviour. As an adult who’s gone through it, any tips? They’re 5 and 6 and very wary of never doing anything to upset him. So far all I’ve been able to explain is that daddys behaviour is different to other people and I try to shield them from the manipulation….
I combed through some sites. I’m not sure where you are in the process, if custody has been settled, but this site has excellent information written by a lawyer: http://www.narcissisticabuse.com/divorce.html
Another resource is Lovefraud.com. http://www.lovefraud.com/12_leavingAsociopath/sociopaths_and_children.html
I really like Lovefraud, they have psychologists as contributors as well as those whose experiences are ‘real life’. There’s something to be said for both, and Lovefraud really strives for a helpful, healthy atmosphere.
Another helpful site is http://www.angriesout.com Dr. Lynne Namka runs this site. There are articles about N-ism and divorce. But more importantly, it’s designed to help children. http://www.angriesout.com/kids4.htm I’ve gotten a lot of help from this site.
Another great tool is to continue to research and learn about N-ism. Even though you’re divorced, your ex will still be in your life because of your girls. Knowledge is power, because if you know his tricks he can’t suck you in!
Thanks, you’re a star! X
You know you’re going to help people with this post, right? You’re amazing.