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Personality Disorders & Divorce
Personality disorders are a group of mental health conditions that cause a person to exhibit a long-term pattern of behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that are different from his or her culture’s expectations. Personality disorders typically cause people to act immaturely and make poor decisions, so they can adversely affect personal relationships and make it difficult to function in society. Personality disorders are often the root cause of marital problems and may lead to high-conflict divorces.
In any divorce in which one of the parties has a personality disorder, understanding the psychological factors that come into play is essential to developing the right approach in court. Personality disorders that frequently appear in family court include, but are not limited to, the following:
Borderline personality disorder
Narcissistic personality disorder
Paranoid personality disorder
Obsessive/compulsive personality disorder
Symptoms of personality disorders may include fear of abandonment, excessive need for control, mood swings, and intense anger. If you are divorcing someone who has a personality disorder, taking the usual approach to divorce by presenting logical arguments will likely not work because your partner may not be capable of rational thought or behavior. The strategies that your Columbus, Ohio divorce attorney uses should take your partner’s psychological issues into account. Your children’s psychological needs may also require special consideration. Unfortunately, it is common for untrained observers to be in charge of deciding the future of children involved in highly contentious divorces.
While it might be tempting to let your partner have his or her way in the divorce to avoid conflict, it’s not advisable to do so. Just when you think that your partner is satisfied, he or she may come up with more demands. It’s best to avoid giving into your partner because he or she could go on to make false statements about you and try to tarnish your reputation. This could affect other areas of your life as well as lead to future legal issues.
Even under the best circumstances, divorce can be a nerve-wracking process. But if your spouse has a personality disorder, divorce can be especially complicated and it may often feel like you’re walking on eggshells. Try not to be passive and avoid conflict at all costs. Be assertive if necessary and use strategic thinking to take control of your case.
How to Handle a Divorce That Involves Psychological Issues
High-conflict divorces often involve heated arguments about child custody and visitation. A spouse who has a personality disorder may attempt to use the children as pawns in a divorce, which can come at a high cost to your family, both financially and emotionally. To ensure that the children’s best interests are protected, it’s important to retain a strong legal team that can help you navigate through the array of issues that arise.
Personality disorders are becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. If you are facing a divorce in which psychological issues are a serious concern, turn to a Columbus, Ohio divorce attorney with an in-depth understanding of psychological factors and child development issues. An experienced attorney can minimize the effects that mental health issues have on the divorce process and the children involved.
Edward F. Whipps & Associates focuses on family law and has a strong background in psychology. Mr. Whipps served as a member of the Ohio State Board of Psychology for over 10 years, including a term as President, which acquainted him with many psychologists and mental health professionals in Ohio and familiarized him with their profession. Mr. Whipps also spent eight years as a member of the Upper Arlington Board of Education, including a term as the President of that Board, which enabled him to develop an understanding of children and their developmental needs. The firm’s extensive knowledge of both law and psychology has benefitted families in Columbus and throughout Central Ohio.
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