Hello my life saving SI community.
I am divorced from the father of my three children. There was no infidelity involved with the breakdown of our marriage. The marriage was characterised (in hindsight) by me basically taking care of a grown man who could not and would take responsibility for anything. For about six years, he lost job after job, made ridiculous and dangerous mistakes, did nothing to address his depression and anxiety despite all the love and support I could give him. For me the beginning of the end was when he took to his bed seven weeks after my mum died, having another breakdown. Even in his divorce affidavit he stated that I abandoned him emotionally at this time, and could not provide for his needs. WTF??
A couple of years later, it was getting worse and worse and worse. I was working full time, he wasnt working and he was looking after the kids - even though I was paying for two of them to be in day care three days a week to give him a break. One day he called me while he had my then one year old son to tell me he wanted to kill himself. That for me was it - that night I told him our marriage was over, and then about a month later he moved out. We divorced a year later.
For the next year he did everything he could to impede me moving on. Wouldnt assist in any of the paperwork to deal with the bank, and I had to finish renovating a half falling down house, and sell it. All the while fighting repossession by the bank. His view was that I should declare bankruptcy and live in rental accommodation in the once horse town we were in, and become as fat and unhappy as he was.
Throughout our financial settlement the only thing we had to split was his superannuation. He resisted for months and months to give any details, saying that it was his money and he worked for it, while I stayed at home with the kids. I had to take him to court and spend $9,000 to get what was mine. He had his paid out in cash due to a "disability" - and that money that he said was to take care of the kids? Gone in six months.
In amongst this is him and his toxic many girlfriends, ridiculous money making schemes, no child support for about four of the last six years, alienating his family from me, trying to alienate my family against me, and then physically and emotionally the children.
For the last issue, he hasnt seen the kids overnight for a while, but with the help of mediation, and various agencies, we have been moving towards him being with the kids more.
I tried mediation, but everything he agreed to he broke. Everything.
So now I have sent a parenting plan and he has not responded. All I get is snarky comments.
My question - at long last - given I have zero funds to seek consent orders in the Family Court to enforce a parenting plan, and given he hides his cash and income and I will never ever get child support - how do I deal with him?
My thought is that I, at least, abide by the parenting plan.
The trouble is, emotionally I really struggle. I really, really do. I find him abusive and he makes me feel as bad as my abusive father did.
I dont know what I am looking for here, really.
Thanks. Love you all