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Louisiana family law: How to divorce a narcissist

It is not uncommon for divorce cases to be riddled with conflict. Most people in Louisiana and elsewhere believe this is because of the actions both parties take throughout the dissolution proceedings. In some cases, that may be true, but in others, the real problem is that one spouse is a narcissist. Thankfully, an experienced family law attorney can help one achieve a fair and balanced settlement despite his or her spouse's actions resulting from this mental condition.

What exactly is a narcissist? Individuals with this personality think very highly of themselves. They have a strong need for attention and believe that the world revolves around them. They can be witty and charming until things do not go their way. When this happens, they can show a total lack of empathy and can be vindictive and angry.

When divorcing a narcissist, one needs to be prepared for a fight. Odds are the narcissistic spouse will fight about everything: child custody and support, asset division, spousal support -- none of it is off limits. Narcissists are bullies who will do whatever it takes to get what they want. They often win, too, if their non-narcissistic spouses do not take the time to prepare before starting divorce proceedings.

When dealing with a spouse with this condition, it is wise to keep the bigger picture in mind. Make a list of what is wanted out of the divorce and what can be let go. A family law attorney can review the specific details of one's case and provide guidance on what one should be able to walk away with according to Louisiana laws. Finally, when all is said and done, focus on moving forward and do what one needs to adjust to one's new situation.

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