As hard as it is, you need to remove him from the equation now, and only think about what's best for you and your kids. Do a consultation with a lawyer, or several. Do not tell your WH you are doing this. Find out what you are legally entitled to in a divorce, from the attorneys. Do not let your WH dictate the terms of a divorce and child support. Make sure you get everything you are legally entitled to, especially with a special needs child.
Knowledge is power, and the more you can learn about what to expect, the better off you'll be.
You can get through this. We're here to help you. (((gettingthere2013)))
He wants a rugsweep - that much is obvious. And rugsweeps don't work!! But then neither does begging or pleading with him! Reread the 180! Gather your strength - it is there in the Mom you are! Consult with an Atty. Find out the parameters of that scary looking future, don't let it paralyze you.
The man who cut open your chest and ripped out your heart - doesn't get to tell you to stop whimpering about it! Find your anger gettingthere!
He should be begging you for forgiveness and bending over backwards to make you feel secure in the relationship. He doesn't get to blame you for his mistakes.
I know anger is very, very hard right now. You're too busy being sad and scared. I totally get that. I can't even begin to imagine how I would have coped with 7 children.
Don't beg--I know it's hard, but I suspect that is what he wants. I remember crying to my sister, saying what about my future, etc? She replied, "What about your self-respect?" That's what did it for me.
Not a lot of advice here--I just wanted to let you know you are not alone and what you are feeling right now is perfectly normal.
He says he just can't take it anymore,that I have made bad decisions,that I'm immature and unreasonable and illogical.
ummm...no. HE made bad choices, bad decisions, is immature, unreasonable and illogical. Do NOT let him turn this on you. PLEASE don't let him convince you that you are at fault.
He either a) is still in the affair and looking for a way to blame you to get out. b) done with the affair, but doesn't want to have to deal with the fallout from it, or deal with it in any way.
One way or the other, with that little speech, he's being an ass, and you can not talk him out of it. The ONLY way he MAY see the light, is do to what others are saying.
Separate your emotional feelings from your business side. It's ok to be sad, cry, rant, etc while you emotionally get through this. On the financial side, no emotions, all business.
You can't let your emotions cloud your judgement about this right now. You have 7 kids!! One is special needs! You need to start the financial part of D, with a lawyer, NOW. Protect yourself and those beautiful children. Do not tell him you are doing this. Start NC immediately.
Him seeing in black and white that you will go, and he will have to pay through the teeth for his children, PLUS make sure the lawyer puts in extra support for the SN one (meaning if there are ongoing charges each month, get those added on, or if it is unlikely this child will be able to live on their own once grown, that CS does not end at 20 or whatever..it can continue for SN.)
I know it sucks, and it isn't what you want, but you really, really need to take the emotions out of it and protect yourself right now.
WH says marriage is over: May 15, 2009.
EA#2 July 20, 2009. Legally sep: Aug 16, 2009. DIVORCED!!!! Signed Nov 23, final Dec 24, 2010, adultery listed.
You are 42, SEVEN children, and you're "immature, unreasonable", etc.? I think NOT. How can someone have 7 children whether by actual birth or adoption and be "immature" physically or emotionally keeping all those little lives together daily? Dear Lord. Don't listen to that stuff for one minute, and remember you weren't born yesterday and none of this is your fault!
Missing him is just part of the physical hormone attachment/addiction we get. It is something we have to get out of for our mental health.
Do that 180. Detach. Detach. Detach.
Hugs and good luck!
Try replying to his "done":
"Oh, okay. Bye!"
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Now, with 7 kids, there will be some contact, but keep it specific to the children and the $$. "WH, DD2 needs to be picked up from practice at 7:30 this evening." "WH, DS2 has a doctor's appt at 4:00 pm. I will take him but will need you to pick up DD1 from school." And stick only to what the kid's needs are. No emotion, just the facts ma'am. BTW, it does take practice, but no time like the present to get started.
When he expects something from you beyond that, something for him, that as a spouse you would normally help him with, just remind him, or just say no, and remind yourself that he fired you from that job.
((gettingthere2013)) This is hard stuff, but you can do it, and keep posting.
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Status: D 2011
Above all, be the heroine, not the victim. - Nora Ephron
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling
I'm so sorry. I've tried to convince my WH to at least TRY to R. Others have tried. WH is steeped in his A so deeply that he is not reachable. I'm letting go. I hate it. I hate everything about it. But I can see that until I let go, I will remain stuck.
Do you belong to a church? Do they have DivorceCare or a Stephen Ministry? That would be someone to talk to. Never underestimate the kindness of strangers. Strangers can become friends.
If you've had seven children and lived to tell about it, you have what it takes INSIDE YOU ALREADY to make it through this. My guess is you do most of it anyway.
Do NOT try to get emotional support from your WH. It will leave you feeling empty, frustrated, and sad.
Consult with an attorney. Get your questions answered. Find out what you can expect in a D settlement. That may help ease your fears.
Even when I JFO,my husband was the one I turned to to make things better. There is literally no one to do that for me now...no sisters,no girlfriends,my mom passed away almost 8 years ago.
That is where I was, though I did not turn to my XPOS for my emotional support. I did it by myself. He is not your friend as friends don't do what he did. Find your anger for his betrayal, put on your bitch boots, and do what you must to financially protect yourself and your children. No amount of begging or pleading is going to change his mind, and it only emboldens him further. Don't give him that kind of power over you!
Right now,I seriously don't care how pathetic it makes me sound,I just want it to be ok.
If he sees you as pathetic, it will never be ok. He'll feel like he can't stand being around a weak, whiny, cloying woman. He MAY offer some sympathy, but it certainly won't come from any feelings of love or respect. It will just want to make him get away from you as fast as possible (although that may not be a bad thing.)
I understand your fear. We've all been there. We know how it feels to lose the dream of happily ever after. But you CAN and WILL survive this. There are thousands of us here who didn't think we would, but we have. You're stronger than you know.
Turn your fear into anger and action. Stop groveling after him. Show him that losing you is the biggest mistake of his life. Take charge of your life by behaving like the strong competent woman your children can be proud of.
That woman is there, sweetie. She's there inside of you. Let us all see her.
It's hard to see the road ahead if you're always looking in the rear view mirror.