Right now, you may feel overwhelmed with the idea of divorcing your spouse. They may be exhibiting no remorse for the emotional, mental or even physical pain they cause you. They may be trying to manipulate you to stay. If this sounds like your situation, rest assured that divorcing a sociopath isn’t impossible. All you need is some support and to learn what you can expect.
Important: Act Now If You Fear for Your Safety
Unfortunately, marriages that include a sociopath often involve abuse. If you fear for your safety, please reach out to an attorney who can help protect you. They’re able to help you secure a restraining order and other assistance to keep you and your children out of harm’s way.
Antisocial Personality Disorder and Your Divorce
A sociopath suffers from antisocial personality disorder. Those with this disorder exhibit certain hallmark symptoms that aren’t easy to hide. For example, a sociopath has complete disregard for right and wrong. They’re also exceptionally good at lying to manipulate others. Other symptoms include:
- Blatant disrespect for others
- Criminal behavior
- Failing to fulfill financial responsibilities
- Dangerous behavior with no regard for safety
What to Expect During Divorce
During a divorce, a sociopath may refuse to negotiate with you and force you to go to court. They may also purposefully try to antagonize and manipulate you to get what they want out of the divorce. In some cases, a sociopath may become even more threatening. You’ll want a support system in place as you move forward.
How to Divorce a Sociopath
Divorcing a sociopath isn’t an easy task. Yet, with a helpful attorney and support system on your side, you will make it through. Here’s how.
- Have a plan: Make a safety plan ahead of time to prepare for your divorce. Understand where you’ll go if your spouse turns to violence. Now is the perfect time to reach out to a divorce attorney who can help you with the next steps.
- Gather your support team: Do you have close family and friends who support you? Make sure they’re aware of your situation. Add them to your safety plan and know who you can call and when.
- Start documenting: Gather financial documents and asset information, as you never know what your spouse may try to hide later. Also, document every conversation you have as well as what transpires throughout your divorce. All of this may sound overwhelming, but it will all help your case.
- Consider a restraining order: The number one priority is to protect you and your family. If you fear for your safety and the safety of your children, seek a restraining order with the help of a family law attorney.
Call the Law Office of V. Wayne Ward for Help Today
You don’t have to go through your divorce alone. The legal team at the Law Office of V. Wayne Ward is here to help. To learn more about divorcing a sociopath or to speak with an attorney, give us a call at 817-789-4436 or send us a message.