My Spouse Comes from a Family of Mentally Ill People

  My Spouse Comes from a Family of Mentally Ill People More than 50% of the population will be diagnosed with some sort of mental illness in their lifetime. Mental illness also has a genetic component. Because of this, it’s fairly common that your spouse will have a mental illness, and/or they’ll come from a…

Split Decisions: Winning Your Southern California Divorce distills a quarter-century of his wisdom and experience into practical advice anyone can use to survive the system.

Our firm is pleased to announce the publication (in Paperback and Kindle) of Split Decisions: Winning your Southern California Divorce. Every day, people in Southern California go to the family court system to battle divorce, custody, and other family law cases – which ultimately wreck their finances, their families, and their lives in the ugly…

Divorce Attorney or Marriage Counselor

Divorce Attorney or Marriage Counselor: Who Should You Call?             Relationships and marriages go through fights, arguments, and disagreements. When the going gets tough, couples have to face an impossible decision: keep trying or call it quits? Which answers another question- who should you call: a divorce attorney or a marriage…

When Your Child Marries a Narcissist

When Your Child Marries a Narcissist: Advice for Parents Every parent desires to watch their child grow up, find their dream job and get married to a spectacular and kind partner. Of course, parents will be proud of their children no matter what they do, and children don’t always achieve the goals expected of them,…

Coparenting after Divorce with a Narcissist Spouse

   Coparenting after Divorce with a Narcissist Spouse Parenting after divorce requires a lot of coordinated effort from both parents. If either parent is uncooperative, it can make things difficult for the child. This struggle quadruples when one parent has a personality disorder such as narcissism.  Narcissistic traits provoke conflicts that make it hard (or…

How to Cope with a Narcissist Spouse Most advice you will read about a narcissistic spouse is about why you should leave them. While many people follow this advice and you have every right to leave a marriage that is not healthy, there are situations when some decide to stay with a mentally unwell spouse…

  Divorce is never easy to go through, especially when it involves children. Learning to co-parent with an ex who has a mental illness can prove to be difficult, follow these tips to help guide you when co-parenting your children. Get educated. Educate yourself on your ex-partner’s mental illness, this is a great way to…

Simply put, gaslighting is when someone attempts to manipulate someone else by having them question their sanity. The abuser may do this through various tactics, including “making them question their own memory, perception, or judgment, often evoking in them cognitive dissonance and other changes including low self-esteem.” (Source) Why is it called gaslighting?  “The term…

Lots of people may come across as boastful or self-absorbed, but in rare cases people are affected by narcissistic personality disorder, which is a mental condition characterized by a pronounced lack of empathy for others. According to research, approximately 7.7% of men and 4.8% of women suffer from narcissistic personality disorder. Narcissists are insecure and…

Sometimes, a spouse’s behavior leaves a great deal to be desired. Sometimes, they even cross the line into harassment, or abusive behavior. When this happens, you do have recourse. What is harassment? Harassment can include a broad range of abusive or disturbing behavior. In California, you’d be making a domestic abuse allegation instead of calling…

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