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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: 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.
Replied By: largefries on Oct 25, 2014, 4:38AM - In reply to fransuzy
stick with drug guy and maybe you won't have to worry about your minimum wage job and your car. you won't have either if you get arrested with party boy who won't grow up.
Replied By: largefries on Oct 25, 2014, 4:31AM - In reply to normalita1
i'm confused how her divorce 8 years ago has anything to do with recent anger with her brother.
Replied By: normalita1 on Oct 11, 2014, 10:16PM
My daughter was divorced 8 years ago.   She moved home to be near her family.  She gave up her big corporate job to work part time from home.  She also works for us.  She bought a condo and moved out of our house.  She has good days and bad...but we thought she was doing pretty good .

we recently went on a family vacation to New Mexico to visit our son.  While we were there...our daughter had a complete melt down on the last day we were there.  She took it out on our son...she told him he did not add any value to get life and well being and until he apologized for something get didn't do...she wants nothing to do with him and said he insulted her intelligence.

we all came home and she went on to Virginia to visit a friend.   We haven't heard anything from her.   She will be home on Sunday and I don't know what to say it how to even approach her.   We don't know if she us under a lot if pressure from her other job....if someone from the other job sent get a disturbing email....we just don't know why she had this melt down.  I want her to get some help to get things right in her mind...but she is refusing
Replied By: sierrakat on Jun 26, 2014, 4:54PM
At first, divorce seemed doable and a must, considering Domestic Violence was/is a factor. However, now I feel worn down and exhausted.  I was able to obtain a 3 year restraining order and custody of my children with limited visitation, but, the ex-doesn’t follow the RO and the police say they can't do anything unless he physically attacks us/ me.  The ex-even tries to use protective services as a weapon against me and thankfully they have been very helpful to me and my children.  The part I can't seem to get past is when and if his actions will ever cease and until then how do I handle the stress of it all? What else can I do protect myself and my family from anymore chaos?
Replied By: wingedrunner on Jun 5, 2014, 3:29PM - In reply to artiebill
It is not selfish, and is completely understandable that you feel he has lost nothing but he has. He is walking away from one of the most amazing things that a human can do in their lifetime...being powerful.

I write  a lot about being powerful on this site to people because the traits of a powerful person do not come without a heavy cost. The fact that you are looking for answers demonstrates to me that you are very powerful and not afraid of the ugly. Sounds like he is missing out on a pretty wonderful lady.

Your mind, heart, spirit is much too precious to be loved in such an ill manner. You are worthy of safe, powerful love. I’m not writing this to exhault you because this is true for everyone in the world, even your ex. We are all exceptional beings and  its when we start to believe that we are less that we start making decisions that cater that belief.

A belief is a thought  that promotes choices, that begats a lifestyle that births an environment of empowerment or dysfunction.

Your husband is walking around with the belief that he is powerless. He has completely forgotten (or never know,) what his value is and what he is truly capable of. We all have greatness in us, and when we try to become less we start acting less, and it leaks onto our surroundings...what really hurts is when people like yourself get hurt by this kind of thinking.

Our value is so important to remember and to walk out daily. We must remember that we are powerful, precious, capable of great love, honor, respect, and strong connections. I can see that you are, and I really hope that one day he wakes up and realizes this too.  

So just know that this situation is not about who left with more damage, rather try an see it as he is really broken, very hurt and not seeing that his actions are tearing his life apart. Whats really sad is that he is taking all of this dysfunction that he bestowed on you into the next relationship. UGh….I fear for the next woman.

In the mean time, while you heal, I would make some lists of what makes you powerful, and what you are not going to take with you into your new life ahead.  Here are some things that I see from what tou have written as powerful traits: 1. You are not afraid to be real2. Commitment is a strong value to you 3. You are not afraid of the truth 4.You are okay with being a process

Pretty great start I think:) I hope this empowers your thinking as a powerful woman.
Replied By: artiebill on Jun 5, 2014, 10:48AM - In reply to wingedrunner
Your words were kind and thoughtful.  I hear all the wise right words and advice in my head.  It is my heart filled with confusion and I know I will never get any true answers.  Sadly, I am the only person in this scenario that lost anything.  He did not, his affairs did not, and I feel cheated.  I know that is shallow, but it is a true gut feeling.
Replied By: wingedrunner on Jun 4, 2014, 1:50PM - In reply to artiebill
Im so sorry to hear about this break and I would really like to extend some notes on your story that would help. I hate that you are left with no clarity of why he chose to break commitment with you, and the first thing I think you should prepare yourself for is never getting that answer. 

Its like an abusive situation, where the abused rarely get to question the abuser. You have to find peace in never getting a straight answer. With this you must also gaurd against re-building your life around this kind of damage too. Its easy to withdrawl from the world and never extend trust or love again. Its also easy to punish new peoplein our lives for the mistakes that the old had made. These are things to take into consideration when rebuilding a new life for yourself.

To process what has happened and to proceed forward in life, I woul first get comfortable with never recieving an answer. Forgiveness is key too. 

Forgiving means relenquish the power of someones mistake over your life. You must cut this cord so that you can proceed. This is a difficult process, and it will probably take some professional counsel to do so. 

Trust is built, please know that just because you have forgiven him for what he did to you does not mean he gets any ounce of trust or access into your life. He has made adecidion and now must live with himself. SO give everything back to him, all of his lies, all of the mistrust, bad memories, the infidelity everythings. Envision yourself pushing all of that junk across the table towards him and saying, "this is your stuff, not mine and now Im going to excuse myself from this dysfunctional table."

Mourn the things that were lost. Mourn the death of a marriage, death of a connection, the drinking, the bad choices (on both sides) and then move on to what you will do next to make things different for you. ITs okay to mourn over and over again.

Writing is good. If you need to keep writing it out, over and over again until it has no power over you. Writing releases what has been percieved. Doesnt matter if the perception is accurate or not, just write it out because its real to you, and that is what matters.

Cry! Cry the ugly cry about everything. Crying releases stress and exhausts anxiety. The less stress you carr the more healthy (physiologically) you'll be. THe last thing you need is getting sick.

I hope this starts some dialect with you. You are on my heart and I hope this practicle advice help.s

Replied By: artiebill on Jun 2, 2014, 6:57PM
Last October, after 10 years,  I was informed I was being divorced.  He already had it set up and I was at the lawyers within the next week.  

I was blindsighted, my world spun 360 degrees over and over again.  He blamed it on my drinking, yes I had climbed in a bottle.  Here is the point where I want to justify my drinking. I won't.

So, the story I got for the divorce was, I was a drunk,he hated my guts, couldn't stand me touching him and he was done! done! done!  He hit me in every pride point.    I accepted it.  I deserved it.  Apologized, begged, I had already quit drinking at that point, and we had great sex less than a week before the news.

What I found out later, purely by accident and then confruntational, was that he had been having sex with women at his job and once paid for it.  Even when I saved his job by doing electical work.

So, here is my problem.   He is one of those people lies, lives in a fantasy world to protect themselves, but worst of all never tells the true story, even if you give them the optiion, no recriminations.  

He left me with a mystery, that I can not solve.

what fo i do?  I don't want him anymore.  How do I progress/

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