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I want to leave my DH but I feel so guilty

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FliptheCoin Fri 25-Oct-13 12:18:32

Please can you help me make my decision? I’ve lurked on these pages for a while (looking for answers to my own problem in the posts made by others).

In a nutshell, I’ve been with DH for 12 years and we have 1 DD who is 4 (just started school). The problem is that my feelings for him have changed and I no longer fancy him and truth be told I no longer want to be with him (in fact if it weren’t for DD I’m 99% sure I’d have split with him). The problem is I worry about the consequences that us splitting up will have on DD.

I told DH how I felt about 4 months ago and I was shocked at his response. I really was expecting him to say that we should split up because I couldnt believe he was happy either. In actual fact he told me that he really didn’t want to split up, thought it would be terrible for DD, that he still loved me a lot and would try to change the things I had issues with. To be fair to him, he has made a real effort (e.g spends more of his spare time with us now, helps more, tries to be less grumpy and argumentative). I’m impressed with how much he is trying to make it work. The problem is that despite this I still don’t feel like I love him as I should and I’m not sexually attracted to him in the slightest.

Any advice appreciated.

Bigbird01 Fri 25-Oct-13 21:04:13

B/g twins, of course! Although they are a good size! :-)

Minime85 Fri 25-Oct-13 21:15:33

I am in your DH's position. finally it had to be me saying enough is enough you want to split up don't u. he hated telling me how he had changed. the guilt he was filled with was poisoning him. we never thought it would happen to us and friends and family will be shocked. we decided two weeks ago. there has been lots of tears on both sides. two dds to take care of and put first. I do believe we will be friends and have tried to support each other. we were conscious that the longer it continued as it was it would breed hate and bitterness. also older dds got harder it would be for them. good luck. be fair to him. be fair to yourself. that way you all have a chance at happiness.

Overtiredmum Sun 27-Oct-13 18:39:55

OP how are you? Xx

FliptheCoin Mon 28-Oct-13 15:21:40

Hi Overtired. I'm still trying to find the courage to do this. Hardest thing I've ever had to do.

Overtiredmum Tue 29-Oct-13 15:26:43

Stay strong x

babyseal Tue 29-Oct-13 19:21:19

I echo overtiredmum, keep posting if you need support. thanks

FliptheCoin Tue 29-Oct-13 21:33:26

I know I'm going to do it, just keep putting it off. There's a thread in relationships at the moment about tips for a happy marriage which is actually helping me as it's highlighting all the flaws in my relationship.

Giveatossagain Wed 30-Oct-13 09:21:05

Flip I feel the same on reading that thread. I want someone who supports me and makes me feel valued and adored - sadly I am at The Enemy stage... But but he is a good dad, he's hand sewing Halloween costumes for the Dc's as I type and is engaged with them but the dull responsibilities of things I've been wanting sorted for months (car MOT, DIY etc) remain undone unless I nag and cajole. He is like a petulant teenager, adult life and things that he knows are important to me slip by. There is no chat or rapport with him and I have reached the past caring stage. Must man up and speak to him. It's effing hard though.

Keep posting.

suspiciousmind29 Wed 30-Oct-13 10:31:17

OP, I haven't read all the thread, but the way in which you described your relationship and your feelings, is spookily similar to the situation I was in a year a go.

I was with my ex for 10 years, we have a 7 year old dd, but truth be told, I knew we weren't right for one another from really early on. I too, told him eventually how I felt, which was basically that I still have strong feelings for him, but I wasn't sexually attracted to him and his reaction was identical to your partner. I was shocked because I knew if my dp told me that they didn't desire me at all, I wouldn't/couldn't stay with them. It would destroy me.

Then, a year a go, I took the plunge and we broke up officially. It has been hard, I'm not going to lie, but overall, I am definitely happier without him and DD coped much better than I thought she would.

I can't tell you not to feel guilty about how your DC will cope, cos I would be a complete hypocrite. I currently have a thread running about how guilty I feel for DD. Even though she seems very happy and has a better relationship with her dad, I still sometimes think how sad it is that we won't be a 'proper' family anymore. Some of the replies I had have been really helpful though. I would recommend you had a look at it.

I completely understand your concerns, but you know really what you have to do. I really hope it works out for you.

Pm me if you like. Like I say, our situations sound very similar, so it might be useful for both of us smile

butterballs9 Wed 30-Oct-13 12:33:44

I'm in a not totally dissimilar situation only I have been married a lot longer and my children are now at college. I got a lot of flak when I broached the subject of having an open marriage or other options.

I don't know why, really. Everyone seemed to be taking the side of my husband. But the fact is, he doesn't want to change the situation. He wants to remain married to me. Like you, I have been quite surprised and a bit amazed by his reactions as if he had told me that he was feeling trapped in the marriage (which is pretty much what I have told him) then I would do something about it.

Or, to put it another way, if I felt HE wasn't happy in the marriage I would actively find ways to improve the situation whether that meant - open marriage/separation/affair (yes, I have told him he can have an affair but he doesn't want one!)

I am nervous about divorce - there are huge financial implication plus both our families are extremely negative about divorce and his family has religious convictions over divorce - as far as they are concerned it is just something you do not do, whatever the circumstances.

The other aspect of it is that I do not want to leave the family home. I just don't. Neither does he.

The one thing that I have considered doing, when I have moments of thinking that I can't go on like this, is drawing up a legal separation so that we could stay in the house but our relationship would be as co-parents/house mates, at least for a time.

That might allow us both some space to see what we both want. And the grass may very well not be greener, as people pointed out before. In any case, the very last thing I want to do is get into another monogamous relationship or - God forbid - another marriage. No thanks! Been there, done it, got the T-shirt and once is more than enough.

For me, I think the only thing that will work is couples' counselling where I can put my side of things in front of an impartial person so that H can really try to understand where I am coming from. No doubt he has things he too would like to say - I think that because of his religious upbringing he sees separation/divorce as a failure so has huge issues around that. Plus his mother was a bit of a martyr and ran around after his father, always putting his needs first (that was kind of the default mode in those days though, to be fair).

butterballs9 Wed 30-Oct-13 12:38:58

And, whether people want to admit it or not, I happen to believe that there are a lot of people out there in not dissimilar situations. They are reasonably comfortable in the marriage or relationship but.......when I look around at my friends I would say most of the are in that situation. They just don't want to rock the boat for financial and other reasons. Ironically, mine looks like one of the better marriages - at least we still have a physical relationship, sometimes at any rate. I am amazed by the number of female friends who have confided in me that they no longer have a sex life with their husband. It makes me wonder what the husbands' say to their friends. Are they all really not having any sex, or are they just not having it with their spouses??

FliptheCoin Thu 31-Oct-13 19:52:13

Perhaps the hardest thing is that we get on ok and don't really argue, but equally we don't communicate about feelings at all. The day-to-day is ok, when there are the distractions of daily life. It's the special times like Christmas or holidays when I realise things aren't great. Last Christmas I swore to myself that I wouldn't be with him for another one! I just hope we can remain friends, but I have a feeling he'll make me feel like crap for doing this. He's away for a few days now though.
I know two things: 1. The thought of growing old with him depresses me greatly. 2. life is short, and you only get one go at it.
Thanks for your posts.

Overtiredmum Thu 31-Oct-13 23:04:32

I wish I could tell you it's easy. I can't. It does get easier though xx

Giveatossagain Fri 01-Nov-13 09:03:50

Flip I could have written your last post. Day to day we can get on about the Dc's and practicalities and we rarely argue but don't communicate either. We have tried marriage counselling and we're told to make one slot to have a 15 min talk about our relationship in the week between sessions. We didn't even manage that. I can take responsibility for not initiating the discussion but since he is the one that wants to save the marriage (after 2 years of seeming to have been utterly disnegaged) i did think he could have made the effort. Overall marriage counselling did not resolve anything really. So now we exists in a polite hinterland where we deal with the Dc's but both know we are not happy. It's frustrating and I am still filled with sadness at the thought of divorce.

toffeesponge Fri 01-Nov-13 09:12:04

Have you told him how you felt after the baby was born and how him acting as he did made you feel then and still has an effect now?

When you fall out of love it is possible to get the feelings back if you are open and honest but if you don't want to try or haven't tried properly then it isn't fair to have him fighting for something he has no chance of ever winning.

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