Getting a divorce when your spouse is a bully

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in divorce on Wednesday, April 1, 2020.

Missouri residents in unhealthy marriages often dream about getting away from their situation. Divorce may be the best answer for those living in marriages with an unfair balance of power. However, getting a divorce is not as simple in these relationships as it is in other situations.

Divorce can bring out the worst in people. Now, imagine trying to divorce someone who uses bullying to get their way. To put it mildly, it is an extremely difficult process. A narcissist or bully often displays the following types of behavior:

  • Making threats of physical, emotional and/or psychological harm
  • Using intimidation tactics designed to cause fear
  • Attempting to isolate you from family, friends or other support systems
  • Making statements that cause you to feel inferior

One of the best things you can do for yourself in such relationships is to seek legal guidance from an experienced divorce attorney. This can put a comfortable buffer between you and your spouse throughout the process of ending your marriage. You can also do your part to get through your divorce in the following ways.

  • Choose a family member or a friend to confide in while you’re divorcing.
  • Set communication boundaries such as only talking via telephone or texts or through your attorney.
  • Keep records if your soon-to-be-ex continues to employ bullying tactics.
  • Report all abusive behaviors to your attorney.

Once you have successfully divorced your spouse, they may continue to bully you through words or actions. If this happens to you, consider asking your attorney about any legal options that may be available to you to help protect your safety and well-being.

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