Do Narcissists Regret Divorce?

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Divorcing a narcissist can be challenging for many reasons. Narcissists are known for their dramatic, sensationalized reactions.

They don’t react to feedback well and dislike anything threatening their sense of power and control.

Even though narcissists often appear unhappy in their marriage, not all want a divorce.

In many ways, a spouse reinforces ongoing narcissistic supply and may enable them to continue engaging in problematic behavior.

Having a family looks good to the outside world, and narcissists want to protect their image.

Do Narcissists Regret Divorce?

Narcissists respond to divorce in many ways. They may get angry, feel numb, try to retaliate against their ex-spouse, and sometimes act as if the situation doesn’t faze them. 

Do Narcissists Regret Divorce?

Do Narcissists Regret Divorce?

Few narcissists will acknowledge feeling regret about their divorce. Although narcissists can experience many emotions, regret requires a sense of personal accountability.

When someone feels regret, they blame themselves for how a particular outcome turned out.

People with narcissistic personality disorder don’t experience self-blame in the same way others do.

When they make a mistake, they project blame onto others. It’s rarely their fault, so they never think they do anything wrong.

And if they can absorb that they’ve made a mistake, they act like a complete victim of their circumstances.

In other words, even though a narcissist may recognize experiencing a loss, they rarely acknowledge how they contributed to it.

The empathy component is lacking. They are far more concerned with their own pain and suffering than the feelings of others.

Furthermore, most narcissists refuse to let others know how they’re feeling.

It’s much easier for them to slip into their false self, the one that’s self-centered with an inflated sense of ego and self-worth.

This is why they often have no problem laughing and smiling through the courtroom.

I advise you to read one of my other articles that explains better how to tell a Narcissist you want a divorce.

How Does a Narcissist React to Divorce?

How Does a Narcissist React to Divorce?

The narcissist’s reaction to divorce can vary based on the specific circumstances leading to the divorce.

If they initiated the divorce, they have already discarded the marriage. You are no longer useful to them.

They have either found another source of narcissistic supply– or they’re pretty confident they’ll be able to find someone new quickly.

However, if you initiate the divorce, the response is much different. A narcissistic spouse hates feeling blindsided- it’s vulnerable to them, and it jeopardizes the sense of control they feel over other people.

First, it’s not uncommon for a narcissist to try to prevent the divorce from happening altogether.

They might try to do this by engaging in various forms of narcissistic behavior, including:

Love-bombing You Again

Love-bombing can be cyclical within narcissistic abuse syndrome, which means narcissists may rely on it to convince their spouses that their love can be rekindled. 

This is where you can expect lots of gifts, kind gestures, and a reminder of how “good” they are.

It can be tricky to navigate this, especially if you feel torn about whether you want to proceed with the divorce.

Remember that love-bombing never lasts for long- a narcissist will only do it when they think it’s necessary to secure your approval again.

Consider reading: How long does love bombing last?

Domestic Violence

Not all narcissists are physically abusive, but if there’s any history of this within your marriage, the risk increases at this time.

The narcissist wants to punish you for your actions, and they also want to prove that you shouldn’t mess with them.

Making Grandiose Promises to Change

Narcissists become quite ambitious when they feel threatened about losing something.

For example, if you’ve ever asked them to seek therapy in the past, they’re now telling you that they’ll give it a shot.

Or, if you’ve argued about having kids, suddenly they’re ready to be a parent.

Essentially, in telling you that they will change, they’re bribing you to stay by promising to give you what you treasure.

This doesn’t mean they actually intend to follow through with their word!

Threatening to Destroy You

When the narcissist senses that you’re serious about the divorce, they will likely become highly hostile.

They’ll threaten to ruin you financially. They’ll assure you that they’ll get full custody of the kids. And they’ll quickly try to secure the best lawyer they can find.

Smearing You to Your Loved Ones

The narcissist will have no problem badmouthing you to your friends and family.

This can sound like,

No matter how much I cared about her, I guess she never really loved me,” or, “I was in this for the long run, but he wasn’t serious about our commitment. It’s so heartbreaking.” 

They might also use this chance to bring up things you told them confidently.

For example, they might say,

“She’s been drinking again- she’s just not acting like her normal self. I really tried to help her, but you can’t help someone who doesn’t want it.” 

Triangulating You With Other Family Members/Children

Along with smearing you to others, narcissists tend to work hard to look like the “good guy,” especially if young kids are involved.

Their main goal is to show the outside world that you are the problem, and they were simply caught in an unfortunate crossfire. 

Self-destructing Themselves

Some narcissists will turn to dangerous vices, including substance use, disordered eating, self-harm, or other compulsive habits to cope with divorce.

They may then try to blame you for causing them to act this way. Or, even if they don’t blame you, they’re probably hoping you notice and feel guilty. 

Financial Abuse

narcissist’s behavior when it comes to money can become highly erratic during and just after a divorce.

They may start spending recklessly, opening up cards in your name, defaulting on loans, or moving money into secret accounts.

This is all an attempt to bring you down while securing their own interests.

Keeping Ongoing Tabs On You

Even when the divorce is long over, narcissists tend to still pay attention to what their ex-spouses are up to.

In extreme cases, this can come in the form of stalking. In milder cases, however, it might look like them following you on social media or reaching out to mutual connections to see how you’re doing.

How Does a Narcissist Feel After Divorce?

How Does a Narcissist Feel After Divorce?

Divorce can expose some of a narcissist’s truest vulnerabilities. Their marriage has fallen apart, and other people may be taking sides.

Things they value- such as their home, children, or shared assets, may now be at stake. And their everyday life has now been turned upside-down. 

Here are some of the common types of reactions a narcissistic spouse may have after a marriage ends:

Consider reading: Do narcissists love their children?


Narcissistic rage can peak during the early stages of the divorce process. It may even seem like they’re completely ruthless at this time.

They’ll do “whatever it takes” to tear you down, even if it means making themselves look terrible.

Extreme depression

Some narcissists, particularly vulnerable or covert ones, react to divorce by withdrawing from the outside world.

They want to make their ex feel guilty for what they have done to them. They will threaten things like ending their life, relapsing on drugs, or “never moving on.” 


Some narcissists present as entirely unfazed after a divorce. They may even act like they have no thoughts about marriage.

This is its own manipulative act- they care about you and what happened, but they don’t want to show anyone that.

Intense desire to move on as quickly as possible

It’s not uncommon for narcissists to jump into a serious brand-new relationship just after their marriage ends.

This concerns their fragile self-esteem and inability to cope with being alone.

Another person can give them the validation and distraction they need during this tumultuous time.


You will likely see that some of the most intense narcissistic traits emerge during this time.

Many narcissists love chaos. The process of divorce litigation and wooing over family law attorneys and hashing out child support is like a game to them.

And because most narcissists are somewhat skilled at masking their true selves in public, they tend to be confident they’ll get what they want during the divorce proceedings.

Do Narcissists Regret Losing Their Family?

Do Narcissists Regret Losing Their Family?

Because narcissists experience and process the sense of regret differently than others, they can rarely sit with the feeling of loss.

Instead, those sad feelings turn to blame, rage, and desperately trying to “fulfill the void” as fast as possible.

Some narcissists may identify the grief associated with losing their family. But these emotions are self-serving and relatively superficial.

They’re often more preoccupied with damaging their public image or losing the people who validate their self-worth.

In almost all cases, they cannot blame themselves for what happened.

That said, narcissism lies on a large spectrum. People who have high insight into their NPD– and are actively working on bettering themselves- may be able to tune into a profound sense of deep regret.

By this point, however, it may be too late for them to atone for their actions. 


Can Narcissistic Partners Actually Change?

Coping with a narcissistic spouse can be tiring, but part of you may be hopeful that the situation can improve.

It’s important first to understand that narcissism is a personality disorder, which means it’s primarily attached to their identity. Narcissism is how they’re used to acting in the world. 

While change is always possible, narcissists must be actively willing to change their self-centered approach and hold themselves accountable when they hurt others.

What’s the First Step for Divorcing a Narcissist?

Organize everything as much as possible. Most of the time, telling someone with NPD that you plan on ending the marriage is dangerous.

If physical or emotional abuse is present in the marriage, you’re at the greatest risk of being hurt when you try to leave.

Start saving copies of evidence that can help you in court. This includes emails, text messages, receipts- anything where there’s proof of narcissistic behavior.

The next step is to consult a qualified family law attorney with experience helping people navigate narcissistic divorce.

Not every divorce attorney understands the nuances of narcissism, and you want to ideally find someone who can help you as much as possible.

Is It Possible to Co-Parent with a Narcissist?

Having children with a narcissist undoubtedly adds complications to the divorce process.

Your former spouse will show their true colors during this time. Some will do whatever it takes to get custody of the children. Others will heartbreakingly act as if their own children mean nothing to them. 

The most important thing to remember is that co-parenting with a narcissistic parent will never look like an equal co-parenting relationship.

You will need to have substantial boundaries, focus on your child’s best interests, and keep things as legal as possible.

Is It Worth Trying Couples Counseling with a Narcissist Before Divorcing?

If you’re considering divorcing a narcissist, you might wonder if therapy could help first. In most cases, couples therapy doesn’t change narcissistic abuse. 

Narcissists are skilled in telling people what they want to hear. They will often come across as charming and compliant in sessions.

They may even express remorse and discuss how they will do things differently. But, as you know, it will be a different story at home. 

22 thoughts on “Do Narcissists Regret Divorce?”

  1. Thanks for your blog. I am reading my life. I didn’t know I was married to a narcessist until he abandoned me and our son. Throughout my marriage I look back and see I was a puppet on a string, all of his merely players. The pathological lying, withholding sex and affection, no remorse for not seeing his other child from a previous relationship, no empathy when he fired people at work, used people at work, used people and then discarding them like trash, financial abuse and control, irresponsibility, secrets, pretending to be someone he wasn’t, lying about hidden assets and fake debt, Belittling, envying, jealousy, rage, callous, lack of no empathy, pretending to have empathy sometimes, cruelty, mocking people, criticising, emotional neglect, body conscious, OCD, addicted to computer games completely addicted, eating disorder, bored easily, calculating, debvious, he would make me doubt what I heard or saw gas lighting me, very manipulative etc….
    The red flags were all there. He told our marital therapist he wants to be in control and feels everything is out of control. She said well try to control the things you can, few weeks later he bullies me and our 5 month old son out of our home, so I flew back to UK, as I just wanted to be with my family in that time, controlled me financially, emptied the accounts, got rid of our dog, was having an affair, sold my things, trashed his babies things on thanksgiving day, the day he put me in a flight and made sure I could never return as he his girlfriend and him left the marital home and I have no idea where he is. So there you have it. Idealised me (made me feel so special), devalued me and the finally discarded.
    I understand my faults in the marriage but nothing that could make a marriage break and I am devasted by it all. I kept blaming myself for so long and then I realised he made me feel guilty all the time….years I felt guilt and apologetic for things that didn’t need to be prolonged. His parents were just as bad and promoted his behaviour but I know he lied to them too. I know where he gets it from but he is worse than his parents.
    I am devastated that my ex husband doesn’t care about his son and has erased us from his lives completely, like it never happened!

    • This article and Christina just described my life/marriage…..puppet on a string! Every word is my life right down to being abandoned and erased. It was a struggle trying to understand how someone could cut out their children, but he did. I have come to believe it is a blessing….hope and pray that therapy and love will bring the kids through this.
      Looking forward to not being the source of resentment. The divorce has been over for years and he is still after me in one way or another. The legal bills are drowning me and the constant harassment weighs me down….I have escaped by moving 1000 miles away. He went berserk…we are safe and that is something.

    • Wow that sounds so much like what I’m going through with my soon to be ex husband, he is the one that left but so much of it seems similar.

    • gang stalking. Organized group stalking. You are a targeted individual Sheba. Please please look it up. When I read what you wrote I couldn’t believe you said everything I know this horrific sick game to be.

    • So sorry for what you’ve gone through. I recommend therapy. It is devastating for your son but instead of feeling sad for him, be strong for him and he will be fine. This is not your fault – you are a victim of abuse.

    • Dear Christina i can copy and paste my marriage to yours! I’m totally stressed I’ve lived a lie for 16 years ! I’ve recently only learnt about narcissism and worse that I’m married to one ! Reading your life made me realize I’m not alone ! I just pray to God I find the strength to leave! Thank you over and over again I see the light

  2. I also lived through a relationship like this. I thought I was happy. We were together for a total of almost 20 years. I never put the abuse together and when things started to turn south he almost had me convinced I was the crazy one. I started reading about emotional abuse. We went to a marriage counselor. He would get upset with the counselor because the counselor started focusing on him. I was eventually strong enough to move to my moms. It took me 8 months to finally have the strength confidence to stand up to him. Its true they take your confidence. Once the divorce started he was enraged over and over. He still wanted all the control. He now wanted to spend time with the kids often keeping them from me. He left me with the financial bills never helped pay anything. Now I am erased like I didn’t exist. Recently I started looking up personality disorders and he fits the profile. He turned my family against me and any other person he could. I am still in an uphill battle as the parenting plan is more fair now but he’s drowning me with my finances. It’s been almost 2 years and he doesn’t want to give me a dime. I left the home with nothing but my clothes. We have been bumped from court dates and I don’t see an end near.
    My word to everyone out there is there’s no changing them. There’s no logic nor will there ever be. Your dealing with someone who can’t see them self. Don’t give up and keep on trucking.

  3. I agree with this description. I am going through divorce and i can see that how she want to control, manipulate me. some point of time, she is victim and next she is abuser. she is trying everything to make me angry and to get under my skin. My experience of past 2 years was nothing sort of nightmare. Simply telling her that you gotta be careful what you speak in front of people, gets her so angry to jump off car, walk in woods in middle of nowhere and shouting like she seen a ghost. I always was confused with her behavior why somebody is never happy.In our marital counseling, i realized that she has Malignant NPD. she still doesnt believe that anything wrong with her.

    she always has drama before any big trip- cancelled our overseas trip on last hour( good that i had insurance), never want to get anywhere on time, everything is about her. I am just there to listen and agree with her.
    Like it is described – she is being shameless in divorce. she doesnt want to sell house and doesnt want to keep house. telling me she wont resolved house matter for as long as she can and make my life miserable for next 6 months.

    I hope i can get this over with and start living my life with narcissist rage.

  4. The emotional vampires are shameless and will come at you with everything once they realise they are losing control over your life. I know this because I was once his obedient puppet. When I left, he still abused me from afar. He has dragged out the divorce, five years later we are still on separation and am exhausted. I am disgusted by his presence. There isn’t a day that goes by that I wish he could just drop dead for no good reason. God forgive me for saying that but I have grown weary. He is dating other people throughout this period and he thinks I don’t know then he tells the whole world that he still loves me very much that’s why he won’t divorce me and whenever I want to go back to him, I can. It’s just a fasard, pretending that he is such a patient husband with a very unreasonable wife who is stupid enough to leave such a wonderful and rare soul. In reality, he is punishing me, it’s his way of causing me so much pain. Delaying my moving on and erasing him coz Lord knows and he knows too that immediately the divorce is final, this woman is gone for good. Stay strong people, these people are truly evil.

    • I am in the same situation. I have been separated 15 years, we reconnected two years ago and I been hell. He is very emotionally abusive but if I talk about divorce he saids he is going to sue me for cruel and unusual punishment. He has taped all my conversations without me knowing. He has me hostage but sees other women but when they leave he comes back. He has a lot of money. I think he has bipolar and is narcissistic. He also drinks. It’s terrible.

  5. The signs were there from the beginning, but I found this “intriguing.” Meeting on a trip, he flirted and withdrew numerous times over the week. I then learned he had a girlfriend. Later he invited me to stop by their house–she was very irritated with him and when I left he followed me outside away from her sight and quickly kissed me. I immediately thought of how nasty she was to him without understanding his part. I learned the hard way when we came together a couple of years later. My kids were nearly grown and I was determined to be committed to the relationship. He hooked me and then systematically demeaned me through routine abandonment, “constructive” criticism, blatant lying and so much more. I tried so often to communicate with him–he refused, detracted, gaslighted, or just left long enough to avoid. Pressure inside me built. Sometimes I would become upset to the point of tears. He would take pictures of me crying some of these times. I would ask him what he was doing and to get rid of the pictures, but I am sure he used them to discredit me when he could, because it would aid is quest for new supply. He told me to be careful what I said, it would be used against me, and I thought he was talking about other people, not him. He created drama and blamed me. He stonewalled, I drank, he stonewalled, I yelled, and in the end he attacked me physically. Of course he had at least one other “stable” supply source set up by then, so the surprise he gave me by actually leaving for good was especially sweet for him. All of the lies leading up to that moment slowly began to unfold. His seething anger for my “forcing” him to lose his otherwise uncanny composure brought me to the brink through his excessive cruelty. I wasn’t the only one who suffered. There is a long list, but no one wants to see what I refused to see for so long, even though he walked away leaving a path of destruction in his wake.It is a family disease, and I fear for others he seduces. May they be more aware and able to walk away early. The evil can only be undone by ambivalence to it, making it powerless.

    • Oh my God…I’m so sorry you went through that. My story is similar. My husband ran to get his phone once when I fell in the garage, before helping me, so he could take photos! He also audio recorded me constantly. He would take something of mine, then over days I would beg, plead, then become enraged and yell and curse…well that’s what he wanted on tape. And he used it in court to try and prove I was crazy!

      My lawyer told me I should consider every word out of my husbands mouth a lie. He was 100% correct.

      Keep an online diary (for goodness sake don’t write it in a journal they can take!) and document every day. Write quotes of the insults, threats and document the mental and emotional abuse. Document all of their spending…take financial records…don’t text or email anything you don’t want to see in court!

  6. I describe my avoidance in life as a turtle hiding in its shell when life gets too big it’s safe and no one can get to me it’s my comfort zone. But I couldn’t continue living in the shell. I had to stretch out my neck and face him head on and It was way uncomfortable when I started standing up for myself.
    To anyone going through divorce, I just wanted to encourage anyone going through divorce to breathe, stay calm, go after what you want ( I filed a year ago and not even close to any resolution ) here’s my life in a short version
    I used to be a people pleaser to keep peace. I used to care what others thought of me and their reactions intimidated me I now realize I don’t have to rely on others opinions to live day to day. If I want an opinion I will ask for it
    I filed for divorce 15 months ago. He begged pleaded talked me into counseling. I got railroaded by he and the counselor. I quit going. We have recently started setting up parent schedule and he is adamant we have 50/50! Bottom line he doesn’t want to pay child support let alone give me a dime for maintenance. He’s trying to weasel his way out of my getting kids two weekends a month. He bought a new vehicle with the money he moved out of our joint accounts. He never interacted with the kids til we separated ( I moved out) he’s trying to financially kill me off. He told me twice while I lived at the house he was thinking of walking away from kids and I. All his false threats, lies ,demands, jekyl n Hyde verbal and a little physical abuse almost got to me. I sought professional help ( psychiatrist / therapist) and realized I am NOT the one at fault. I don’t regret moving out. I regret not doing it earlier. I am an a avoidance of confrontations person. He is a punisher, puppet master , a lion who ripped out my heart and dangles it in front of me and paws at it as bait. Along with my being a doll taken out of its box, played with and when he was done having his way, was laughed at and put back in the box!
    Nothing normal about him!!! I now realize the influence I was under. NO MORE I refuse to lower my standards let alone be formed into his mold.

    My advice, stay strong, you did nothing “wrong” to be treated like a puppet! I’ve learned to not allow him to walk all over me I had to go outside of my comfort zone to become stronger! Stand up for yourself. STOP living your life the way THEY want you to and Start living your life the way YOU want to! It may feel weird to begin with and it’s ok. The more you start living the more you may realize it’s going to be better than ok. Push your way through the weak spots and realize your inner strength will guide you through the hard times. No one can live your life for you. It’s up to each one of us to live beyond our potential !! Be done with the narcs!
    Be healthy in mind soul and spirit. Exercise eat healthy and exercise your rights. One of them being you have every right to be happy!
    You are special

  7. I have spent many years learning ,and still am, about narcissists. What I have learned is this: they know what they are doing and they enjoy causing other people pain. Do not be naive. They lie. They put you at risk of getting STDs and don’t care about you. They are charming and have studied you enough to know what will get to you. Don’t let them. At least distance yourself and have no contact. Only then you will begin to understand who they really are. They can trick anyone. They are smart. They depend on people not calling them out and seeing through the facade. Once you have do not wait for them to change like they will promise. Get out and stay away. They will not change. They get worse with time and become more bold in their humiliation of you. Respect and love yourself. It is better to be alone than to be with someone who hates you despite what they may say yes they hate you. It’s hard to accept. I know. I was married to one for 16 years. He would not communicate with our son because I made him move out after he was having an open affair with someone. Luckily for me he was in jail and I divorced easily with full custody. After two years he wants to see our son. I do not talk to him but I allow our son to text and call because I have a good relationship with my son and always communicate with him so he knows I am always there for him. I teach him to not believe negative things his father says and I never say negative things about his father. My son can see who the better person is. Actions speak louder than words. Be a good role model. Do not fall for your ex narcs traps that he will lay out for you. Set boundaries. He cannot control you anymore. Stay away from his ugly soul.

      • Im in the same boat too. I finially filed for divorce since i also found out hes addicted to live sex rooms and porn. Im getting a double wammy. I still livevwith him , and its a nightmare. My 28byear daughter and mt 5 year old granddaughter live with us also. Im trying to rent a 3 bedroom house for us , but its impossible. As soon as their listed , their rented. And im on disability. So its gonna be a little hard on my daughter for a couple month until i take from him what he robbed from me over 11 years. I have $117 ,000.00 invested in that house , he let it go into forclusure 4 times , i believe its in forclousure now. Idk he hides everything. We well he , since im not on the mortgage but paid half the mort anyway , owes 100k more than what he bought it for 11 years ago. Wheres all my money ? Say a prayer , we have to get out. I can see him starting to act a little different towards my granddaughter too. He tild ne the other night right in front of her ” she needs a bath , she smells “. Really ? I could have put him through a wall , but i wont argue with her around. Shes already traumatized from all the fighting. I feel so bad , im trying so hard to get ys out , but i just keep hitting dead ends. Prayers for us pleasr.

        • Sending earnest prayers..!! ALL IS WELL…you will find a way to get YOUR life back on track..!! Have FAITH..!!

  8. I think this blog explains all that I am going through. In addition to that he is a lawyer and has the property given by my parents as dowry in his title. I got very sick out of his physical and mental torture and lost my job. I am facing difficulty bringing up kids and to meet all expenses, which I used to do like a single parent all these years without any contribution from his part. Apart from this, he was like a parasite dependent on me for everything, I used to give everything free to him without him doing anything for us or giving any money. Now that I got sick and I don’t have money to support him, he made a narcissistic group who always harass me with their words and deeds. Since I am not well enough to go to office and work, I was working from home. These people of his narcissistic group used to shout around my house and made my life miserable. they spread all sorts of cooked-up stories about me and will not let me get out of my house. I could not go even to the church. I was really scared to live in the house given as dowry and since I was not well with no money left and nobody to take care of, my mother told me to stay with her. Nearly one month after me and my kids moved to my mother’s house, she passed away. She had leukemia and could live only 3 months after the diagnosis, and we were left with nobody to lean on. After my mother’s death, it was quite easy for my husband to harass me with his narcissistic group. now that financially we are in a really bad situation, I am planning to file a case to get my maternal property back from him. I don’t think I can tolerate him and his group anymore. He is the one who is responsible for my father’s death and I think if people support him like this, one day he will become the cause of my death. I am scared of those narcissistic voices shouting around me incessantly. Since catholic church always supports men in matters like this and is against divorce, I never filed a divorce case or child maintenance case against him. Now that my children says they cant suffer any more because of their father who made their lives a hell and I need to sell the property to get money, I am forced to file a divorce case.

      • Wow! I am living what you wrote. I had the unlucky grief of marrying a narcissist who is ALSO A LAWYER! So he has his innate qualities as a charming, charismatic narcissist, but he’s also professionally trained to manipulate people to say or do what he wants. Needless to say, this has been a very long walk through several caverns of hell. When I first wanted the divorce, I actually really just wanted him to start acting like a good husband and father.

        Here are some of my major tips for anyone on this journey. Trust me, I actually prepared and financially saved and he still has almost destroyed my life.

        START: it’s not a divorce, it’s a war so start out like that and you will thank me later! Save money like crazy, start a detailed diary online (not on paper) to document quotes, arguments, insults, time with kids, major expenses, or basically everything that happens every day of your life. Take photos of everything you can, take all financial documentation you can find, if he has thumb drives or back up drives TAKE THEM. Change ALL YOUR PASSWORDS to something from childhood they would never imagine or guess. Double verification on all of your accounts, and your phone. Don’t text or email anything you don’t want to see in court or have a judge see. Use apps like Dust to communicate with your support team of friends and family. Buy a secret burner phone for calls, texts and communication. Get a storage locker so when you have to grab something to stash, you have a place to take it immediately. Put anything sentimental you have (for me it was my dads things) in that locker because they WILL take it (to help drive you crazy) if it means something to you. Old photo albums, anything that would crush you to have destroyed, get it out of there. I didn’t do this quick enough and my husband held precious pieces of my childhood to drive me crazy so he could record me yelling and screaming at him. They are not above outright destroying things you love, especially sentimental items, so remove them.

        BUY GIFTCARDS EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU USE THE FAMILY CREDIT CARD!!! This was some of the best advice I got, I only wish I had started earlier! You’ll need those Visa cards for your lawyer bills, or gas, or food. Stash $100 cards every week if you can! I sincerely wish I had started doing this 2 years before my divorce! I did it for 6 months, but I’ve always regretted not starting years ahead.

        Get your guns and your jewelry out before you start a hint of the process. Get a safety deposit box for your passport, take your KIDS’ passports, and anything valuable you can stash in a safe deposit box. Don’t put those items in a storage locker! Take them because it WILL all disappear. They will take them all.

        Do not spend a moment trying to figure out what they want, what will make it go easier, and how make peace with the fact that it’s going to be 24/7 hell.

        Think of them as a serial killer: just like BTK or Tes Bundy, every time they inflict pain on you, they get OFF on it. It’s their drug. So treat them as if they are a sick deranged serial killer. They will eventually show you how psychopathic they are…but it may take you a while for that. Just assume it’s true, because IT IS!

        Do your very best to protect your kids during this time, but it’s very common for narcissists to immediately start playing father of the year after they haven’t been to a school conference in 10 years. Make sure the school principal knows what’s going on, so they can also protect your child. If your child has a school therapist on staff, quietly arrange for them to see that therapist once a week or so. This is FOR YOUR CHILD…not evidence. They will be hurt, confused, brainwashed and they will need the mental support.

        CONTACT A SHELTER: emotional abuse and mental abuse is STILL abuse. Consider contacting a womens shelter for help. This was hard for me, but ditch your pride and get them on board right away. They will never deny or confirm you and your kids are getting services, and they can help provide therapy for you all that your husband cannot interfere with.

        Everything THEY DO is to look good to a judge, to look good on paper, and every communication with you is crafted to either use against you in court, or elicit a response from you that they can use in court.

        START RECORDING them secretly when you can, because they WILL record you! Trust me. I suffered greatly from not realizing this was happening, and it was tough to have it used against me. Try not to yell or curse them out, and try to always be “on” as if you are in front of a judge – speak calmly, ask questions, state facts you want as evidence…use recording them for your evidence too!

        I found over 50 audio recordings my husband made (at his lawyers suggestion) of me on a thumb drive. He would really put me through the ringer, wind me up and I would snap and go off yelling…or I would say “I just don’t want this life anymore” meaning being married to him. Well those recordings showed up in court to try and prove I was crazy with anger issues, and then to try and prove I was suicidal. I was neither.

        Everything they do is for evidence, for proof they are a great parent and proof you are a terrible parent or human.


        Don’t listen to the radio, don’t watch TV, for God’s sake stay off social media and start LEARNING HOW TO FIGHT. Read articles about divorcing a narcissist, read blogs, BELIEVE WHAT YOU READ because it’s all true! They really are as evil as they sound! And it’s a walk through hell to divorce them. Just know that it’s better for you and your kids than living an abusive lie and your kids thinking that is how families really work.

        One of the best articles I read talked about getting any repairs done to your car before they cut off your credit card. It was GOLDEN advice! I took my car in and it needed 4 new tires and service. That’s $2300 that if I hadn’t prepared ahead for, I would have had to pay after he kicked me out!

        Start listening to things while you drive, while you do housework, whatever that can help you be a stronger person and a better fighter. I love Jordan Peterson, The Art of War and 33 Strategies of War and I listen to them all every day on YouTube. There was a time I listened to Joel Osteen every day too. He may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s upbeat, quotes scripture, encourages prayer and faith in God and in you, and reminds people of all the struggles in the Bible that people had to overcome. If you are religious, take your prayers seriously and go to God for help. I mean this seriously. Most narcissist are outward or secret atheists, so seek solace and light from your faith.

        FIRST: It’s not a divorce, it’s a WAR! Now for you it might be a divorce, you might still love them and even want counseling, but they immediately go into war mode. And their goal: destroy the enemy. You are now the enemy.

        SECOND: Listen to The Art of War, or read the basic principles you can find online. You can listen for free on YouTube. Pay ATTENTION to the rules because your spouse is using these strategies against you…but unless you realize you’re actually in a war, you will make huge mistakes because you are a good moral person who actually loved (or still loves) this person.

        THREE: Listen to 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene. It’s an enormous book, so listening is incredibly helpful and valuable.

        There’s a chapter about morality. Listen to it a dozen times if you have to. There is NO MORALITY IN WAR. Period. So when you think of not hurting them, being the bigger person, not using useful evidence because it’s just hard to do it, remember THEY WILL USE ANYTHING against you. They will lie, cheat, steal and create things to use against you.

        Get at peace with fighting evil with evil if you have to REALLY EARLY ON! It’s hard, because you love this person. Remind yourself every day they wake up thinking of ways to destroy your life. There’s no such thing as morality in war: there is strategy and there are tactics. Toss your morals about fighting fair out the window and prepare to get dirty!


        Read that again!! Any time you show compassion, you can guarantee they will capitalize on it as a weakness and exploit the hell out of it! Don’t sign anything and don’t give back things you take (financials. Etc). Trust me…don’t. I punish myself daily for doing this out of hope and love.

        COUNSELING is a joke, so just don’t do it. It’s a waste of money and the narcissist’s goal in the end is to delay things AND also get the therapist on HIS SIDE. Total waste of time, money, hope and energy. They DONT WANT TO CHANGE…and they don’t really want to lose you because then they have to find a new source of narcissistic supply.

        READ THE ART OF WAR!!! Google it and read the points.

        When you are weak, appear strong…when you are strong, appear weak.

        THEY WILL PLAY THE VICTIM IN PUBLIC AND SMEAR YOU With anyone who will listen

        I had no idea my husband was telling people “I love my wife, I just want her to come home, and I don’t want a divorce…I want my marriage to work”. When a friend told me this, I was like WHO DID YOU TALK TO??? My husband went to court on December 19th to ask the judge to EVICT ME by December 24th. Luckily, the judge gave me until mid January. But my husband LITERALLY KICKED ME OUT and yet to every friend or family member, he played victim and people genuinely felt sorry for him.

        I finally texted one of his crazy demand letters (15 days in jail for me for custody issues) to everyone he had snowed. I exposed him for the evil fake abusive liar that he is and I do not regret it. I stopped being quiet about what was happening, and I stopped feeling ashamed. Why was I protecting HIM publicly?? I didn’t do ANYTHING wrong and he was trying to destroy my life, have me committed for mental illness and sever my parental rights.

        It’s one thing to tell people they may think you’re exaggerating, he’s such a good guy, I’m sure he was sincere about wanting to save his marriage, poor him. Trust me…it HAPPENED before my eyes. And I suffered in silent disbelief.
        Until one of my girlfriends said YOU HAVE GOT TO GET OUT OF THE HOUSE everyone feels sorry for him. And she was right!

        Sharing this stuff with friends is HARD. They may respond with kindness, they may not respond at all. Most of our friends were in shock, and all expressed their care and concern for our child. For people to read he was actively seeking to put me in jail for made up lies, no one could un-see or UN-know what he was doing. Even if you don’t hear from them, even if you know they still might support him, you’ve stopped this crazy extra form of abuse from your spouse that they are doing by making you out on public to be a terrible person who refuses to work on a marriage with a loving husband. I can assure you, it’s entirely too real for anyone to ignore when they see the evil in writing.

        HIRE A BADASS ATTORNEY who knows how to deal with narcissists. Research them, interview them. They ARENT CHEAP but they are worth it abd you will need them in this fight. My first go round. I hired a girl who was so outranked by my husband and his dirtbag lawyer that she signed away my temporary custody rights without me even knowing it happened! Hire a good one who fights the big fights and fights to win. My lawyer actually told me at one point (I lost a lot of weight) that my husband was trying to kill me. I was shocked. Then he explained: it’s the ultimate win – he pays you nothing, he gets the child and the entire world feels sorry for him because you are dead! Wow…and damn if he wasn’t right!! My husband was hoping my chronic colon issues would flare and maybe I would actually die for my perforated colon this time, and how great would that be for him!


        So get a great lawyer!! You pay them a lot so LISTEN TO THEM ALWAYS! They are priceless!


        Be ready for them to do what they do best: divert, distract and delay. My 2 hearings turned into 4 because they always somehow got a continuance. Every hearing is $5-$7k of lawyer bills. They did it (and I found the text messages to prove they actively planned this tactic) to drive my legal costs through the roof.


        Just when you think it can’t get worse, they play this card. It immediately locks up the process and no more hearings, you have to go to a jury trial to proceed. In Texas, for either side in a jury trial (no matter the lawyer) it’s $50k to get started. Now they probably don’t actually WANT a jury trial, but they gain immediate control over your life because whatever temporary orders are in place at that time STAND, so if you weren’t awarded support yet (I was NOT) you won’t get any until you go to trial. The ones who really drag this out are hiding assets. Don’t let it scare the hell out of you or break your spirit like it did to me. Just realize this is going to take years, not months, and start playing methodically and consistently every day of your life to win your freedom. I’m 3+ years in and almost $100k in bills and STILL married to the SOB.


        I didn’t eat, I lived in the same house so I was always under a dark cloud, and I worked full time. I got so run down I got REALLY SICK. Sleep, rest, eat, meditate, sleep on the couch, with your kids or in another room.

  9. Excellent comments..!! Hang in there..!! Keep the FAITH..!! I have a good feeling your life is about to turn around FOR THE GOOD..!! Wait for it..!! Look for it…!! Welcome it..!! Stay safe and aware..!! Blessings..!!


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