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DuPage County divorce lawyer narcissistic spouseMarriages end for a variety of different reasons, and divorce sometimes occurs because personalities clash and the relationship can no longer survive. In some cases, spouses may be able to work out their differences and end their marriage amicably, but if your ex-partner is a narcissist, you may face challenges in the divorce process.

Narcissism is a mental condition in which someone has a higher than average ego, a need for validation, troubled relationships, and a lack of empathy for others. Narcissistic people often have very low self-esteem and are sensitive to the tiniest criticisms. If you are planning to end your relationship with a narcissistic spouse, the following tips can help you prepare for the difficulties you may face:

Assemble a Strong Support System

Narcissists are good at charming people and winning them over. During the divorce process, your ex-spouse may attempt to get friends and family members on their side and turn them against you. If you are considering ending your marriage, you should tell people you trust about your plans and, if necessary, share the reasons why your relationship has broken down. This way, if your ex-partner tries to convince them of a different story, they will know the truth. In addition, these people can offer you much-needed support as you deal with the stress of ending your relationship.

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Family structures have changed significantly over the last couple of decades. It used to be that fathers went out and provided for the family while mothers cared for the children and home. Now there are single parent homes, homes where the father stays home, and still others where both parents work. Of course, no single option is really any "better" than another, but studies suggest that these non-traditional roles may be impacting the risk of divorce. Learn more about this phenomena, and how you can protect your family if you believe that divorce may be on the horizon.

Non-Traditional Roles and Divorce

In the recent study, researchers found that women do most or all of the house work in about 11 percent of all marriages, and somewhat more than men in about 60 percent of relationships. Around 25 percent of the couples stated they divided the work down the middle, and around 4 percent claimed the husbands did the majority of the work.

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Mediation and other Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADRs) have made divorce more affordable and less stressful for many families, which is probably why so many couples use them. However, there is an underlying issue with divorce mediation, and it is one that few rarely consider: though mediation can and does work for some divorces, it is not be the right option for everyone. The following information can help you decide whether you should mediate your divorce, or if litigation is the right path for you.

Mediation versus Litigation

Mediation can reduce the level of contention during a divorce, which can have some serious benefits for those with children. Parents, who are encouraged to compromise and consider the best interests of their child above all else, are less apt to fight about custody. That can make for less stressed parents and an easier adjustment for children. Mediation is also often a faster, less expensive method to divorce, which is helpful for those who have a simplified divorce, similar net values, or are willing to split assets fairly because each party still genuinely still cares about the other.

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Divorce cases can be some of the most difficult cases to settle. Emotions are often intense on both sides. Moreover, both spouses may feel they are fighting for what is right and what is best for the children. However, when a case goes to trial, many times neither side wins. Mediation, however, offers an opportunity for the two sides to find a way to settle the divorce in a way that is beneficial for both spouses.

How Mediation Works

Mediation is a way to resolve a legal dispute outside of the formal court process. Unlike a settlement conference where the judge is often pressuring the two sides to come to an agreement, the judge is not involved at all in mediation.

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