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More than half of all marriages end in divorce, but that doesn't make it any less painful for those going through it. How did you start over after your marriage ended? Are you struggling to co-parent with your ex? Discuss your experience here.
Replied By: butterfly6118 on Nov 27, 2015, 9:53AM
PM by Chattydani6118 I really just need advice on healing from this broken heart . My story is long so please bare with it. 
I've been married 9 years. We have 1 daughter. I live in a very small rural town. About 1000 ppl. The next city over is about a 20 min highway drive and is the only place anyone can find a job as jobs in my home town are extremely limited. 
My husband has left 4 times in the last five years. Usually we are fighting alot before it happens. And when it happens my husband will stop talking to me all together and avoid me. The first time I got a text from him saying he'd found someone else and was moving out with a friend. He came back in a week and did some counciling with our church pastor. Not long later maybe a year it happens again . He distances himself from me. Stops talking starts avoiding me. He tells me he wants to separate. But because we both own the house he lives in the house but doesn't wanna be with me. Again there are signs of him bonding with another women again. After a few months of this torture we get back together . He hates living here . I met him in the big city 4 hrs away. He wants to go back. At first I agree but after thinking and private counciLing I decided it was not a good move for my daughter and me. I tell him. He says fine he's still going. He continues to live in the house but we are not together. 3 months he finally moves out and goes and lives in the city. After being separated for 9 months we reconnect again. This time we seek professional marriage counciLin. And things go very well for the next two years. Till now. Everything in our relationship seemed great. I have texts of a conversation with a friend of mine saying how wonderful things were with us. How he had been so romantic and caring. More than he has ever been. He had alot of credit card debits. This was a huge strain on our marriage. We had separate bank accounts to ensure that my credit and money was safe. He would pay me a certain amount a month to cover his end of household expenses and the rest was all his. He brought up how he was ready to finally change his ways. He hates the debt he felt so bad about it and wanted to change. He suggested using the equity in the house to pay off his debts . I was convinced that things in our relationship were really good. So I agreed to this. And signed the papers and the money was paid out . Not only were his debts paid but mine were as well. Mine was very minimal compared to his. He kept me thinking everything was fine. He kept saying how he was working extra hours to bank his over time and take me shopping for new clothes. It was something he really wanted to do. He mentioned this to me on a Monday. Wednesday he stopped talking to me. Friday I asked what was going on. He said he didn't think we were best friends aND that he couldn't talk to me anymore. And he couldn't tell me anything because he didn't know how I would react.( in all the last 3 separations this was what he'd always say) . He started saying he didn't want our daughter living in a house with two ppl who didn't wanna b with each other . Saturday he said that his supervisor said he could live there if he needed to. Since he had a place to stay arranged I knew he was planning on leaving. Not wanting to live through living with him when he doesn't wanna be together I told him to leave. I did it nicely . I all I said was leave. And he left. Our daughter sobbed on the couch as he packed his stuff. He never said goodbye to her. Never said he loved her or that it wasn't her fault and he'd see her soon. Nothing. He packed his stuff and he was gone. 
He's left me with the house and all the bills that go with it. His share of household expenses was arouND $700 a month. He left me with all of it. Also the car was his. All in his name. I had no claim on it. He took it. So I'm left with no vehicle to get to my job that I just got. At a great place great pay that I liked and it's a 20 min highway drive everyday . Now I have no car to get there . I also suffer from generized anxiety disorder and I was so stresses I couldn't function at work anymore . I made a ton of mistakes. They were ****** but they knew what was going on. I was able to borrow cars for a while but that was a temporary solution. So it's been 4 weeks now. He's seen his child once . He sends money the odd time not even close to any amount to support us. I went to legal aid and got a lawyer. We had a separation agreement from the last time we had separated for 9 months but it never got filed in court before we got back together . I had to apply for social assistance to cover his half of expenses . But the stress and lack of car has Been so overwhelming that I had to resign from my job. Not because I wanted to. I loved my job but it no car to get there and absolutely no money to afford a car and gas etc I could t get there. There stress has been so much my doctor pUT me on anti anxiety meds and recommended stress leave . So now we love off social assistance.till I can heal but also find a job in my small community. We have good family's support with my family. I don't know we're we would be without them. I have so much anger towards him. He convinced me everything with us was fine l. He took all that money. He knew the situation his leaving would put us in and he left. Now he lives his care free life and has no responsibilitis because he doesn't have to pay all the bills anymore. I do. He doesn't have to raise his child. He just visits for a few hours every few weeks. I am a mess . I cry constantly. And this anger is so strong. I thought he would go back to the big city 4 hrs away again were his family is and Cuz he hates it here so much but he's staying here . I can't go out without planning because of being so scared of running into him. I should note he has never PHYSICALLY cheated. But he has emotionally cheated countless times. He starts talking to a female coworker. Starts pouring his heart out to them about his feelings , me and our marriage and he falls for them. Then he will always wanna separate but he comes back. I guess he finds out they don't feel for him as he does them. I suspect he's doing this with his supervisor. He lives there now with her and her boyfriend . But a boyfriend has never stopped him before. 
He always says I am emotionally unstable . I am not. He has a terrible temper and was breaking things like lamps before we left . Usually when we would separate I would always write him an emotional letter with all my feelings etc . I didn't do that thus time. I've never said a thing to him. Never started any fights in the last 4 weeks. He texted said he wanted to see his child. I said sure pick her up Saturday. That's basically all the communication we have had in 4 weeKS. But I'm still a mess . I feel like I have lost so much. I feel stupid for believing everything was fine and letting him go with all the money I feel stupid for taking him back 2 years ago. I have no idea how I will ever be able to trust someone else. I feel so lost.
Replied By: ledchanging on Sep 14, 2015, 9:36PM - In reply to jenlovesju
i hope to get to where you are soon..
Replied By: jenlovesju on May 15, 2015, 11:17AM - In reply to findingher
Replied By: jenlovesju on May 15, 2015, 11:16AM - In reply to traciegs
Hello!  I just wanted u to know are not alone...I have been with my common law husband for 19 years and we have 2 kids together.. Just recently, I decided i no longer wanted to be in the relationship. I was so scared and worried how i was going to make it.  I didnt work and was a typical housewife. I walked out with no money..nothing but three bags of clothes!  Four months later, I have a job, finally my own own cell phone!!!  Im as free as a bird now!!!! No one can tell me where to go, who to talk too..Im the happiest woman alive!!
Replied By: findingher on May 15, 2015, 8:00AM
You are no longer the first person I think about in the morning or the last thing I think about at night. You have been replaced.

You no longer have a part if every decision I make and I no longer worry about the repercussions from you if I make the wrong choice. You have been replaced.

My children will no longer worry if they laugh to loud, forget to clean up their mess, or spill milk. You have been replaced.

I will never again worry about being called names, making sure the house is perfect or if you are upset because the ice trays are empty. You have been replaced.

My heart will never again take priority over my common sense, I will never allow it to make me blind to what every one else has seen so clearly for so long. My heart is no longer yours.

I have searched my whole life for this person, and I can't hold you completely responsible for not being the one. I made you him in my mind, I wanted you to be him so bad I forgot what love truly is.

Love never hurts, it doesn't make you question who you are or tear you down. Love is unconditional and something to be treasured, something that grows everyday and builds you up.

So I am sorry, It took me my entire life to find this person and now that I found them I have learned I don't deserve the way you treat me. You have been replaced.

I found somebody who loves me for who I am, knows I'm not perfect and accepts that I make mistakes. Somebody who thinks My grey hair and wrinkles are beautiful and somebody who will always put me and my children first. Somebody who does not compare me to others or try to change me.

You have been replaced by me!


Replied By: baierws730 on Mar 2, 2015, 7:20PM
I've been married for 29 years and over a year and half ago I learned my husband has been watching porn of young girls for many many years.  15 years ago I found out that he had an emotional affair with an 18 year old which I decided to forgive him.  For the past 18 months since I found out about the porn we have been fighting.  I told him after I found out that I didn't know if I could get through it and forgive him but he wanted another chance to prove to me that he loved me and he didn't want to leave.  I have tried to get him to go to therapist, go through the relationship rescue book but I have not had any luck.  I'm tried and tried but when I asked if he can give me what I want I get no response but he doesn't want a divorce either I have asked him to leave several times to give me my space but I can't get him to leave.  I want to give up and walk away from this marriage because he has made me feel completely worthless to him.
Replied By: lovemyfam1010 on Feb 28, 2015, 3:14PM
I am so worried about my kids and I can not find anyone to help me.   My husband and I seperated and moved in with his dad.  We have been married for over 12 years and for over 13 years him and his family have told me about all the violent physical abuse that occurred with everyone at the hands of the Dad.  At the same time I was told there was sexual abuse done to the adopted daughter and other extended family members.  Now that my husband moved in with his dad he thinks it is ok for the kids to live there.  My husband has NEVER allowed the kids to be alone with him and have only been over there with us probably 10 times.  His dad did not attend our wedding and I didn’t even meet him until we were at least 5 years into our marriage. Nor do most of the kids have anything to do with their dad due to the abuse and threats to kill the mom.   So for 13 years I have been told by him and all his family about how much of a monster he was and abused them and now he wants me to allow them to live with him.  Unfortunately, he was never convicted so he does not have a criminal record.  However, I have some text from the abused sister talking about it and other family members mentioning it.  Now my husband is acting like he has no idea what abuse I am talking about.  I truly believe he is suffering from some PTSD from his childhood and his job as a firefighter (he tried to save a 4 month old baby over 2 years ago and couldn’t.)  Since then he has slowly withdrawn from his family and friends, doesn’t really have many goals, stopped caring for the house and people and now he will allow his kids around his dad.  He of course thinks he doesn’t have a problem or need any help. 
Replied By: siirikaisa7896 on Feb 19, 2015, 2:11AM - In reply to iifollow
with 10 yrs of verbal abuse he tried to kill me,  Being accused to sleeping with everyone  I have no friends,  I tried to keep it together and he used the excuse of medications made him act that way.  I dont know how to handle the PtSD and anxiety that I have now.  I am a mess amd dp see a therapist but no one knows how it feels to be locked in my house beause I think he is going to break out the windows and finish what he started.  Does anyone know how to help me.  I am in farm country and there are no support groups
Replied By: traciegs on Jan 14, 2015, 2:13PM
I have been married for 20 years me and my husband aren't getting alone and we have seprated. and while we were seprated i started talking to someone else and really likethis guy alot. so now i dont know if sure stay with the new are work on my marriege... Help
Replied By: tundra123 on Nov 28, 2014, 10:41AM
This is my second marriage after a 25 year first marriage. Last year I found out my spouse of 6 years had been using meth. for years before I knew him. We were working on that. Soon after, although he drinks socially, I started finding stashes of vodka bottles, and he was drinking extra alcohol. Most recently, I found a flash drive full of XXX videos, and he fessed up to more and viewing internet porn long before I knew him. So, is he just an addictive person? Or, are these all separate addicitons? How broken am I?  I asked that he go to therapy and he said yes. That was a week ago and he has not called yet.  But, can he be helped? He is 65 years old and has been doing this for a long time.  I would like to know if others have experienced such events. I am very worried as to what I am going to find out next. The most amazing thing is that I had no clue of any of these things before we married.
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