Achieving a Family Law Property Settlement with a “Bully” Spouse

Is your spouse a bully?   Is your spouse a narcissist?  Does he/she have these traits:

  • Wants to control you and any situation?
  • Needs to be right?
  • Always wants to be seen as the good guy?
  • Is quick to criticise when you don’t meet expectations?
  • Lacks the ability to feel remorse?
  • Pretends to be loving or caring – but is actually manipulating?
  • Is emotionally distant?
  • Believes it’s always someone else’s fault?
  • Is unforgiving and resentful?
  • Is not interested in compromising-  it is their way or the highway!

Bullying is characterized by an individual behaving in a certain way to gain power over another person- and this is often a problem in marriage or relationship breakdown situations.  Narcissism is a recognised psychiatric personality disorder and there are many bullies who could be classified as narcissists. 

Trying to achieve a Family Law Property settlement is difficult at the best of times- even when dealing with well-adjusted people, as marriage breakdown is very stressful.  If you are dealing with a bully, then many spouses simply give up the fight in order to get out of the relationship and get some peace.  Whilst this reaction is understandable, as the stress may have been ongoing for years, it may end up with you receiving far less than your entitlement to in a financial settlement. 

Our lawyers at Melbourne Family Lawyers have many years of experience in dealing with bullies and we know how to use the Family Law Court procedures to best advantage so as to be able to achieve a fair settlement on your behalf, whilst doing our best to protect you emotionally.  We know that your separation and a property settlement dispute is as much an emotional issue as it is a financial issue.  We approach it in a holistic way and preserve your sanity by being the interface when it comes to dealing with the difficult decisions to be made.  If your case needs to be decided in the Family Law Courts, then we ensure a cost-effective and fair result is the focus.

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