Stories of high-conflict spouses wreaking havoc after divorce are not just movie plotlines. These individuals can turn a divorce into a nightmare, leaving their ex-partners emotionally, physically, and financially devastated. Divorce coach Amy Polacko shares her own experiences and offers advice for identifying red flags before getting married. She emphasizes the importance of recognizing narcissistic behavior and controlling tendencies, as well as having financial autonomy. Polacko also sheds light on flaws in the family court system that can enable abusers and harm victims. She urges individuals to trust their intuition and take steps to protect themselves before it’s too late.
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If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call emergency services. For support and assistance, consider contacting helplines such as the National Domestic Violence Helpline or the Men’s Advice Line.