We have seen the trial on all major news outlets and heard Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s legal counsels going back and forth on he did/she did what. We fail to realize that matters can get tricky once psychologists are involved and have established that one of the parties has a personality disorder.
Curry, the psychologist who evaluated Heard, stated, “These people might have that anger kind of explode out at times. “They tend to be very passive-aggressive. They may be self-indulgent and very self-centered. They could use manipulation tactics to try to get their needs met. They’re very needy of attention, acceptance, approval.” With that said, the judge in this case will have to consider all that is transcribed when reaching a verdict.
We will evaluate what life can be like living with someone who has a personality disorder and how you can protect yourself if faced with divorce from such a person.
San Jose divorce attorney discusses divorcing a spouse with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Call 408-560-4487 to schedule your consultation.
As the Mayo clinic suggests, a person with borderline personality disorder can be easily irritated, moody, paranoid, and exhibit frequent intense anger, experience thoughts of suicide, and display other contentious behaviors.
Most experts believe that genetics play a factor in borderline personality disorders. The condition may be affected by brain structure, social and cultural, or even environmental factors, potentially increasing the risk of developing BPD or the severity of the symptoms.
Do you intend to divorce a spouse with BPD? Here are a few suggestions on how to protect yourself:
A. Choose your battle
There are several reasons why people need to divulge their marital dynamics to their divorce lawyer. Having only half the story will never help your case. For this reason, seek a strong attorney who understands you, your case, and the characteristics of personality disorders that you may be dealing with on the other side.
B. Document everything
Your spouse’s lawyer can use everything you write in emails, text messages, and social media against you in court. Additionally, how you correspond with your soon-to-be ex- spouse can make a tremendous difference. He/she may make false allegations against you to discredit you in public and in court. Having a safe place to go may help you protect yourself physically from abuse. Keeping accurate notes about confrontations may help you defend yourself against false allegations in future court hearings.
C. Manage your own emotions
People with personality disorders are often domineering, vindictive, and intrusive. When they feel defensive, these traits seem to increase. It’s often wise to find a counselor who can help you deal with the emotional roller coaster and may help you understand or predict your former partner’s high-conflict behavior.
If you are facing divorce and have concerns about managing your ex-spouse’s mental health during the divorce proceedings, working with our experienced family law attorneys at Seabrook Law Offices will make the process more manageable. We can offer additional resources for support. To schedule your consultation, call 408-560-4487 or fill out the contact us form on our website here.
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