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User Topic: Two year since D-Day, still not divorced
♀ 32554
Member # 32554
Default  Posted: 1:28 PM, May 30th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Quite a few people cautioned me that the 2nd DDay anniversary would be even more emotional than the 1st anniversary.

It's not. It's a Great Big Nothing, actually. I'm still married, despite my best efforts to divorce this perverted asshole & move on with my life. I feel like I've been living my life in limbo hell for two years. Have spent in the five figure range for atty fees to protect myself & the kids from STBX's repeated psychotic behavior. Have spent close to ten grand for a parenting evaluation. Have doled out thousands of dollars on mental health professionals for me & the kids. Have been trying unsuccessfully to re-enter the workforce. Have a dream of going back to college to get into a career that would help me survive without STBX at all, but I don't know if that will happen due to I still don't know how much CS and SS STBX will be forced to pay.

I've learned that it is expected to lie on the witness stand during a divorce trial, and apparently it's no big deal. I've learned that every single gut feeling I've had regarding STBX and what he was up to was spot on. Every "bizarre" notion I had, every 'you're just being paranoid" thought shared, every prediction I've made has come true about STBX - so I've learned I can & should trust my gut & instincts from this point forward. I've learned you cannot do anything legally to prevent your children from being harmed by a mentally ill parent, you can only be reactive & do damage control after the harm has already happened.

I've learned a lot about myself. I've raised my self-esteem from the depths of hell to a fairly elevated & healthy level. I've been able to reach out & help people IRL by lending them an ear or a hand to hold as they went through something difficult. I've learned I have value and am a worthwile person. I've learned that people CAN see me and the goodness within me.

I'm hoping the divorce will be finalized some time this summer. We've already had one trial date that lasted all day (divorcing an angry NPD is hell, people, sheer hell), with another date coming up soon.

I don't know what my future holds. I only know that I'm not letting STBX limit me or the kids any longer. With each passing day he become less & less of a factor in my life. I feel myself walking out from his shadow. The warmth of the sun feels good on my face. A life well-lived will be all the sweeter for the depths of hell he dragged me down to. I'm choosing to look back & bless the pain & devastation, because only then can I be free of it. Just as my old dysfunctional coping skills & thought patterns don't serve me in my new life, wallowing in STBX's cesspool doesn't serve me any longer, either. I just want to move forward.

Me = BS
Him = EX-d out (abusive troglodyte NPD SA)
3 tween-aged kids
Together 20 years
D-Day: Memorial Weekend 2011
2013 - DIVORCED!

Posts: 10722 | Registered: Jun 2011 | From: USA
♀ 34823
Member # 34823
Default  Posted: 1:46 PM, May 30th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

A life well-lived will be all the sweeter for the depths of hell he dragged me down to.

Absolutely, NG. Absolutely.

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive." - Sir Walter Scott

In my effort to be *concise*, I often come off as blunt and harsh. Sorry, don't mean to be offensive.

Posts: 9188 | Registered: Feb 2012 | From: Midwest
♀ 38377
Member # 38377
Default  Posted: 1:49 PM, May 30th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

You haven't just reached out and helped people IRL, I've seen you help tons and tons of people here on SI, too, including me.

You are an amazing woman. BIG HUGS..

[This message edited by ButterflyGirl at 1:50 PM, May 30th (Thursday)]

xBW~ 37
Two DS~ 9 and 13

Posts: 3120 | Registered: Feb 2013 | From: USA
♀ 36654
Member # 36654
Default  Posted: 2:11 PM, May 30th (Thursday), 2013View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I know what you are going through. Our justice system is a joke. It took me 2.5yrs to get my D finalized, attorney fees set me back 5yrs at least to get them all paid off. Just know that it does eventually end and they do eventually go away. I kept NC except for my children. He drug both my kids through years of his crazy disfunctional family life and living back off his parents. I knew it was going to be hell when I filed for D and I was not wrong. He never thought I would do it and he never thought I would go through with it. Needless to say he was angry and vindictive until the bitter end and had nothing to do but make my life a living hell for those 2.5yrs. Just know that in the end it is worth it and you can find happiness in your life again. Hang in there!!! You can do this!!!!

BS-55 XWH#2-No longer my monkey
M-11yrs LTA-5yrs Divorced 8/15
"A person is either an asset or a lesson"
"Changing who you are with does not change who you are"

Posts: 9065 | Registered: Aug 2012 | From: Texas
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