Divorce and Personality Disorders in an Arizona Divorce
Divorce and personality disorders in Arizona do not make the divorce process easy. Dealing with a spouse who has a personality disorder will often result in he or she taking unreasonable positions and abusing the legal system to drive up the costs of the divorce. The question becomes whether your spouse has a personality disorder or is simply a mean person.
Mental health professionals rely upon the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (“DSM”) to diagnose whether a person has a personality disorder. That resource provides that a personality disorder is a persistent, pervasive and inflexible pattern of experiences and behaviors that fall outside of societal norms. The DSM lists the following ten specific forms of personality disorders.
- Paranoid Personality Disorder
- Schizoid Personality Disorder
- Schizotypal Personal Disorder
- Antisocial Personality Disorder
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Histrionic Personality Disorder
- Narcissist Personality Disorder
- Avoidant Personality Disorder
- Dependent Personality Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
- Personality Change Due to Another Medical Condition
- Other Specified Personality Disorder and Unspecified Personality Disorder
Divorce and Personality Disorders | How to Handle Them in a Divorce
The question becomes how to address the dysfunctional personality in an Arizona divorce.
The answer to this issue depends upon the particular type of personality disorder you are facing since each one has its unique characteristics. The severity of the personality disorder is also a factor that can have a significant impact on your divorce.
You should click on on the links above to the various personality disorders and their specific characteristics and potential impact on a divorce in Arizona. You should also hire an attorney who is both familiar with the different personality disorders and know how to deal with them.
Chris Hildebrand wrote this article to ensure everyone has access to information about family law in Arizona. Chris is a divorce and family law attorney at Hildebrand Law, PC. He has over 24 years of Arizona family law experience and has received multiple awards, including US News and World Report “Top Arizona Divorce Attorneys”, Phoenix Magazine “Top Divorce Law Firms”, and Arizona Foothills Magazine “Best of the Valley” award. He believes the policies and procedures he uses to get his clients through a divorce should all be guided by the principles of honesty, integrity, and, quite frankly, actually caring about what his clients are going through in a divorce or family law case. In short, his practice is defined by the success of his clients. He also manages all of the other attorneys at his firm to make sure the outcomes in their clients’ cases are successful as well.
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