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User Topic: OM wins...I'm done.
Faithful w/Love
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Default  Posted: 9:49 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I agree with Mike7.
That was a hurtful thing to say also. She had those fantasies in her head and OM was just there. So yes it could have been anyone.
A's are all about them not the AP or the BS. Think about it. Its about attention, the fresh and new attention, that feel good. She was being told things she wanted to hear, most AP do this on purpose to portray themselves in a better light then the BS. The WS most likely boo hoo's about us to the AP and they then can gut us. It is untrue but that is how it happens.
I feel that SS is seeing what she has done from her post and it is starting to hit her. With the help of other WW's, BS's and her IC she will get to a better place.
I truly believe she is in love with Swat 100%, she was selfish and has some major self esteem issues and is self centered but that can all be corrected over time.
If Swat wants to R then I feel they will when he is ready and in that time they can work on themselves and learn at the same time. Sometimes the most horrifying thing can happen to make something wonderful. Time will only tell.

I hope they are one of the couples that make it.


BS(ME)40 WH(HIM)38
DD 20 and DS 15
Separated Aug 2012
Moved back home Oct 31 2013
Separated again June 2014. Heading toward divorce.
False R. Still Lying.

"You never know how strong you are until being strong is all you have left"


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nekonamida
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Default  Posted: 9:52 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I find it odd and unhelpful when posters in this JFO advocate for Swat to reconcile. While I am all for R, it has to be something Swat wants--and it is healthy for him. He has stated repeatedly that his current mindset is for D. Why are people continuing to seek for him to reconsider?

I agree with this so much and I only advise D when WS is cake eating and refusing to end the A. BUT, everyone has their breaking point and their deal breakers and that is something that should be respected regardless of what posters feel. SWAT has said many times that infidelity was a deal breaker and that is something he has had to mull over and face in light of his WW's actions. I do not blame him for seeing the omission of the journal and pictures as the straw that broke the camel's back no matter how many people who R'd dealing with far "greater" amounts of betrayal. It's disheartening to read posters pushing SWAT to re-think his decision as if they know what's best for him. There's no way they could know what's best for him from just reading all his and his WW's posts. Asking someone to re-think their position on making a healthy choice for themselves smacks of a lack of support and a misguided paternalistic mind set. Seriously, send your support but don't do it with blatant messages meant to cause SWAT to doubt himself.

SWAT, sending you my support and just know that R is possible even after D. There are posters who got a D and re-married later after rebuilding their entire relationship in to a healthier one with safe partners. Make the best choice for you and your children. Follow your intuition. If you think you made a mistake in asking for a D now, that is something you can change later on down the road if your WW gets her shit together and works on making herself a safe partner for you.


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gonnabe2016
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Default  Posted: 9:55 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Talk about a blow to the ego. Here I am bad ass cop. I can tell when your lying, NOT

I felt this way for a while too -- except for the bad ass cop part! -- I thought I was pretty good at *reading* people. Truth is -- I was.
But I didn't *read* lying, cheating Monster because I trusted that he had my back. In a relationship, psychologically, there is a 'bias' at work (I can't remember right now if it's a truth bias or a trust bias). You are 'biased' to believe in your partner.....and so a LOT of stuff that you would throw a bullshit flag on if a 'random' person pulled it, sails right past your head because you aren't even LOOKING for it, kwim?


"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.


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toby
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Default  Posted: 9:56 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

i wouldn't put it that way. affairs are exciting. it's not a fair comparison. and you have to remember, she stopped the affair on her own over a year ago. doesn't sound to me like she's obsessed with having sex with the OM. in fact, most remorseful WWs who have come out of the fog say that the AP could have been anyone. It wasn't about the AP, it was about their own brokeness.

I'm just going by what she's posted. I won't quote here, but you can read her responses to my questions in her thread and make your own assumptions.

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confused615
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Default  Posted: 10:01 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I believe she is regretful, not remorseful. And that is why I think going forward with D is your best option. If she finds remorse along the way, then you can always put things on hold.


BS(me)42
FWH 45
4 kids
M: June 2001
D-Day: 8/10/10
Status: Reconciled.

..that feeling you get in your stomach, when you heart's broken. It's like all the butterflies just died.


Posts: 7916 | Registered: Jan 2011 | From: Indiana
angerisme
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Default  Posted: 10:03 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SWAT...you are a "fixer" by nature. Your choice of profession and actual professional behavior that has been reflected with the dignity of your posts may be making your situation more difficult for you.

You now see your WW in pain. I envision you being the comforting officer not the badass with a billyclub. So when you see your wife sad and in emotional pain your base, animal reaction is to protect and comfort. The human part of you is trying to put up a block that says DO NOT COMFORT THAT WOMAN. This creates a strong dissonance between your drives and your thoughts. In an effort to overcome the dissonance your mind is automatically searching for facts. Obviously the first thing your mind finds are the oldest most strongly engrained memories...the most significant relationship IN YOUR LIFETIME. Rather than thinking wistfully "I have to believe the woman I married is still there"...you might go through a mental checklist of the events of the past year.

You obviously feel it could be salvageable IF she could commit to intense therapy and specific behavior changes within the family. If I were in your shoes I might be more eager to pursue divorce to get his SERIOUS attention. Divorced people get remarried ALL the time. If you let her "talk you into staying in the marriage" you could end up reinforcing affair behavior making each time she falls onto the slippery slope easier and easier.

Everyone here is offering their best opinion based on what they know. Your job is to read and reflect then do what makes sense to YOU. The destruction of infidelity and betrayal is DEVASTATING AND WIDE WIDE RANGING. Many people even see a dramatic DECREASE in their credit scores! The sad thing is there is new research that is showing even families that do not divorce...they too have the widespread impact. BETRAYAL IS DESTRUCTION....PERIOD.

Remember this one FACT: YOU did not do anything wrong. SHE SCREWED UP YOUR FAMILY.

[This message edited by angerisme at 2:24 PM, June 7th (Saturday)]


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angerisme
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Default  Posted: 10:06 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Man I wish I had not had a rant at the end of the above post :) Dignity is a much better choice. Okay...I've whopped my own head and make my apologies to those I may have offended. I will now sit in quiet dignity as you fine people debate this interesting situation.

<quietly dignifed with a slight upward tilt to the nose>


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Default  Posted: 10:08 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I find it odd and unhelpful when posters in this JFO advocate for Swat to reconcile. While I am all for R, it has to be something Swat wants--and it is healthy for him

Second this.

And as long as we are all still throwing in our two cents, SWAT I hate to say it but with the level of involvement OM had in your family for DECADES and the sexual history between them that btw was kept from you, it's possible this goes even deeper than this A. We'd have to believe that years and years were spent with no boundaries ever crossed, ever, and then like lightening BAM! this happened.

As usual, just be careful. Which I know you are, you're not stupid, but still.

Oh and btw, don't feel like a sucker for not catching the lies. I was a private investigator, not as big a deal as a cop, but still...I watched cheaters for a living!!! and I still got snowed. Actually, unlike you, I "knew" things but he would explain away everything, and I still have nothing tangible. I'm in limbo.


Me - maybe BW 40s
He - maybe WH 40s
My mother was always the OW
ExWH in first M had lta.
Current marriage:
2/'13 out all night with an ow
2/'13 busted at strip club
4/'14-? bad boundaries w/howorker

Posts: 380 | Registered: Feb 2014
william
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Default  Posted: 10:15 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

SWAT - you failed to read her because you were doing what you were supposed to be doing in a marriage (trusting her).

its not fair to say she preferred OM over you and its not true. he could have been anyone, if not him ... then someone else. there wasnt anything inherently special about him that made her have sex with him but rather because there was something wrong inside of her. he just gave her an additional push more than most people do if it hadnt been him then sooner or later it would have been someone else. its not a comparison between you and OM, its about a weak and damaged WS. thats a brutal truth but also a very liberating one.

id suggest following your heart and your mind. thats all the advice you need to know whats right.


me - bh
her - lara01

from 09/11 - 05/13
2 ONS, 10 sexting partners, 1 LT EA/PA

??/06/13 DD/1 - admits to LT EA, begin false R.
01/13/14 DD/2 - LTA was PA.
01/18/14 DD/3 - sexting 5 guys.
01/19/14 DD/4 - 2 ONS with different guys


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SisterMilkshake
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Default  Posted: 10:17 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

if they demonstrate true remorse and sorrow for what they have done then the BS should seriously contemplate reconciliation.
I disagree. No BS is required/should seriously contemplate reconciliation. If a BS deigns to contemplate reconciliation, it is a gift, not a requirement. Infidelity is a marriage destroyer. The only should in infidelity is: The WS should not have done it!
I am not going far,just to the barn so I'm still at home and can see the kids everyday.
Can you 'splain this? 'Cause I am picturing SWAT in a stall with hay bales all around you. I lived in a small farming town and all the barns there are at least 50-100 years old and not really fit for humans to live in. And, the dairy barns that were modern, really not fit for humans to live in, either.


BW (me) 50ish FWH 50ish
Married 34 years, 3 children
d-day 3/10 LTA (4 yrs./fucking & flirting)

"Oh, why do my actions have consequences?" ~ Homer Simpson
"She knew my one weakness: That I'm weak!" ~ Homer Simpson


Posts: 9952 | Registered: Nov 2010 | From: The Great White North USA
saveus
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Default  Posted: 10:28 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I always thought I could read people I mean its what I do. But she got me good. I believed her and she fooled me. Talk about a blow to the ego. Here I am bad ass cop. I can tell when your lying, NOT.
Hey SWAT, as others have said better than I could, don't feel bad about this. As william pointed out, you were doing what you were meant to be doing - trusting her. What gonnabe2016 said about the truth/trust bias rings a bell with me - I hope it does with you too.
You are 'biased' to believe in your partner.....and so a LOT of stuff that you would throw a bullshit flag on if a 'random' person pulled it, sails right past your head because you aren't even LOOKING for it, kwim


Me: BS/39
Her: WS/37
Together: 15 years
Married: 7 years
1 amazing little boy, 5, the love of our lives
D-Day 1: 14/4/2014 (EA/one night PA)
D-Day 2: 30/4/2014 (sexting/PA longer & ongoing)
D-Day 3: 4/5/2014 (earlier PA, another OM)

Posts: 260 | Registered: Apr 2014 | From: UK
SWAT70
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Default  Posted: 10:30 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Sure I can explain.

Not really a barn more like a huge garage that looks just like a barn. But with a bed and a shower oh yeah two German Shepards a Dutch Shepard and two black lab mixes. The chickens stay outside. Got to love living in the burbs. I've got 5 acres and I'm 15 minutes from work.


Me BH-45. WW-39
DD-11 DS-6 DS-3
D day was Valentines day 2014. Talk about a trigger.
Divorced


Posts: 341 | Registered: Mar 2014 | From: Down range
SWAT70
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Default  Posted: 10:30 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Sure I can explain.

Not really a barn more like a huge garage that looks just like a barn. But with a bed and a shower oh yeah two German Shepards a Dutch Shepard and two black lab mixes. The chickens stay outside. Got to love living in the burbs. I've got 5 acres and I'm 15 minutes from work.


Me BH-45. WW-39
DD-11 DS-6 DS-3
D day was Valentines day 2014. Talk about a trigger.
Divorced


Posts: 341 | Registered: Mar 2014 | From: Down range
Lovedyoumore
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Default  Posted: 10:46 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Our MC told us something that has stuck with me. People do not change or see a need for change until they are in a crucible.

Crucible:
a place or occasion of severe test or trial.
"the crucible of combat"
a place or situation in which different elements interact to produce something new.

For some WS, being found out is enough to put them into the crucible. For others, seeing the pain of their BS is enough. For others, the A fallout does not produce enough heat to bring on the crucible experience. They TT, cover up, and continue lying because they are still fighting for control, avoiding the crucible heat.

The BS is forced into the crucible immediately upon finding out about the A. We go in screaming in pain, and come out the other side completely changed. MC said the inequality in the post A relationship happens when the WS delays entering. The BS has moved beyond the searing heat, only to have TT drag us back toward it, continuing to burn us, because the WS is still on the other side of the heat, refusing to let go and enter.

As a betrayed spouse who has already come out on the other side, you have to decide to either keep getting burned because your WS will not let go of the other side and walk through, or you can move away from the heat, hoping that will be enough to make her follow you through.

Our MC said it much more eloquently so I hope that made sense. Pulling away is not so much that you are done, but strength to be the catalyst that will make her decide a real change is in order. Maybe she will let go of her pride and control and enter the furnace.


Me 52
WH 52
Married 30+ years
Together trying to R

I tell people I am tired but really my heart is broken and I am sad.


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SWAT70
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Default  Posted: 11:02 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Sorry the 'splain got me laughing and I double posted. Woops.

Out of the deep. You got it. I'm supposed to believe that. It just doesn't add up for me. Is it possible? Sure anything is. But I trusted both of them with so much. It could have been going on for years and I just didn't know. There was no indication until early last year. We seemed fine. But again I don't KNOW. Everything I believed...pfft gone.

William. Thank you and your right. I've greatly appreciated your insight and support. But unfortunately I'm not there yet. I can't help but believe she wanted him. There has to be something he had that she wanted. I've known him since I was a teen. I thought I knew him as well. I've seen how he treats people and unfortunately I've seen him naked. (Not impressed by the way with either) I will admit I defended him a lot prior to the affair. That is what friends do. I just didn't know he hated me so much and was screwing my wife behind my back while looking me in the eye and calling me friend.

I'm not perfect and I'm sure I wasn't a perfect husband. I worked long hours and frequent OT. But I was a good a man and husband as I could be. I made time for her and my kids. I wouldn't sleep to spend time with her. I made date nights and I never ever forgot her birthday, Valentines day or our anniversary. I know that doesn't make me husband of the decade. But I tried so hard to never give her reason to complain or not love me or feel unloved. I loved her the best I knew how and it wasn't enough. That hurts. Logically I know I am not to blame for her affair. But emotionally not so much. I'm working on it though I promise.

I appreciate everyone's advice and comments. Please don't argue over them. Some of you are reading her posts I know because you've told me or at least given me that impression. I'm walking a not so straight path to D. Will it come to that I'm not 100% sure. I'm at about 75-80% right now. I'm a big boy and all opinions and advice are welcome. If you upset me I'll tell you. This site has seen me through some very dark times and all of you have helped in some way. Everyone here is hurting BS and WS. YOP buddy I'm not forgetting you either.


Me BH-45. WW-39
DD-11 DS-6 DS-3
D day was Valentines day 2014. Talk about a trigger.
Divorced


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toby
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Default  Posted: 11:26 AM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

I'm walking a not so straight path to D. Will it come to that I'm not 100% sure. I'm at about 75-80% right now. I'm a big boy and all opinions and advice are welcome

Here's my advise. Find out how deep the deceptions goes before you think about reconciliation. Polygraph!!

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Default  Posted: 12:22 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Hi SWAT

Try not to beat yourself up over not seeing her lies. You're a good egg, so you trusted your wife like you should have...so of course you didn't see it coming.

Your plan sounds good. You physically separate, that will give you some space to start to heal, but at the same time you are close enough that you can see for yourself what progress she makes. And you have at least 6 months to do it. This puts you in a good position to make a more informed decision of if your wife is a good R candidate or if you even want to R.

Another poster mentioned how long OM has been hovering around your wife and family, years. That caught my eye, because I admit when first reading your story, and OM's behavior I thought, there's more to this. There's a reason he's batshit crazy like that and she STILL went to meet with him.

Now whether you care to find out why and what all really happened, I don't know. I'm not even sure you should at this point. Enough damage has been done to you with information you can't "un-know". I guess if it were me, I would let the rest go unknown unless there was some pressing legal reason for me to find it all out.


Me - BW
Him - WH
Divorced - 7/2013

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sudra
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Default  Posted: 12:44 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Yea, I never have believed that cops can detect lying any better than anyone else, they just tell themselves they can. Lol!

Seriously though. Your case isn't any worse than any of ours who are Ring. It's just worse because it's your wife.

That's why it really is a good idea to decide to not decide anything for a year. See what she does over a longer period of time. Same advice I'd give nearly anyone with kids and a spouse with potential for remorse and who doesn't say it was always a deal breaker. I think that's you.

It's very tough. Be gentle with yourself and take care.


Me (BW) (55), Him(SAWH) (58)
Married 22 years, 1 son (19), 1 stepdaughter (27)
DDay #1 January 2004
DDay #2 7-27-2010 7 month EA/PA (became "engaged" to OW before he told me he wanted a divorce)
Working on R

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Default  Posted: 12:54 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Finally gonna chime in here

I loved her the best I knew how and it wasn't enough.

Swat I am certain it was more than enough love that you showed her. The problem is she doesn't love herself enough to not have to go looking for ways to get outside validation.

Good luck brother. You are certainly strong enough to get through this with or without her.


BS 38
FWW 37 (fireandice)
Married 13 Years - Together 20
D-Day1:Jan 08 (EA OM#1)
D-Day2:8-15-08 (EA/PA OM#2)
DS12, DS9
D-Day3:11-3-10
Divorced 1-27-11
Remember, you don't drown from being thrown in the water. You drown from staying in it.

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painfulpast
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Default  Posted: 2:03 PM, June 5th (Thursday), 2014View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Oh, so many emotions and opinions.

SWAT - Whatever you decide, I'm with you. If you want to hire a mediator so you never have to see or speak to her again, fantastic. If you want to run to her right now, tell her you love her more than anything and want to R, fantastic. As long as it's what YOU want, and not what someone said you should do, or shouldn't do, or guilt or anything else. Right now, YOU and YOUR NEEDS are the focus in this marriage. Obviously, the children are always the focus of the parents. I'm speaking strictly about you and WW.

About the pension/child support/inheritance, etc. Please give this some thought. You said she got a VERY large inheritance. Legally, that is half yours. I would make that clear if the subject of your pension being a marital asset comes up even once. You don't need to actually petition for any of it, but let her know that if she won't honor her commitment to leave your retirement along, then ALL monetary assets are going into that pool, and all sellable assets as well. I doubt you'll have much of an issue after she realizes that you aren't the only one with funds to lose. You're actually being very fair, imo.

Also, regarding the inheritance. She inherited a home, and now a rather large sum of money. I'm going to make a suggestion that you either convince her to put enough into a trust to cover the children's college funds, and if convincing doesn't work, I would ask for that in the divorce. It's common to add language discussing college fees in divorce agreements. If the funds are available now, and she can still survive comfortably after creating the trust, then to me that just seems like the responsible action.

As far as her 'subdued' behavior of late - I think it's a bit more than just her realizing R isn't possible. I think she's realizing that there are no tricks, or cute faces, or lies or justifications that she can pull out of her bag of tricks. She's tried them all, and she's still not getting her way. I think she's lost because, until now, she's always gotten what she wants, often through manipulation tactics. If this is true, then imo it's a good thing. It means she can't focus her time on what her next move will be to 'make this go away', or how she can charm you into not leaving. You being upset, angry, etc she was ready for, but leaving? No, she honestly never thought this was a real possibility. Now she sees it is, and she needs to face herself and her actions, and her only option left is to work on herself. I really think this is a good thing.

Now, for you (((((hugs)))))

You really are an amazing example of strength.


The stones from my enemies, these wounds will mend
but I cannot survive the roses from my friends

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