It is no surprise that personality disorders, such as narcissism, have a significant impact in family law cases. During our many years of experience in Family Law in Houston, we have worked with parties with varying levels of narcissism on both sides of a case. Divorcing a narcissist requires understanding and sometimes professional help.
No matter the degree, living with a spouse with personality traits associated with narcissism can be difficult. A person with elevated narcissistic traits can be entitled, controlling and self-centered. There is also an excessive need for perfectionism in both themselves and those closest to them. Narcissists lack empathy for others and rarely care about anyone’s point of view other than their own and are constantly examining and critiquing the flaws of their partner.
A person with a narcissistic personality disorder has a deep need to be admired and often show a lack of empathy for others, all while hiding low self-esteem that is affected by the smallest amount of criticism.
The already sensitive matter of divorce, or any other family law matter, can exaggerate these personality traits.
If you suspect that you or your spouse may have a personality disorder, talk to your lawyer about their experience with dealing with such matters. Having an attorney with the combined knowledge and experience addressing mental health issues can make a difference in the outcome of your case.