I am not proud of what I'm about to say and I have no clue if this is the forum to talk about this. I just don't know where else to go. I am married for almost 10 years now and have two children. I've been unhappy for years and I'm not even sure why. My husband is a great man, great father but I, personally, am just not happy. I have been unhappy for years and have only stayed out of fear of what I'd do on my own and now for my kids sake.
I have always been faithful to him, until this past month. I have been having an affair with a married man. His kids are pretty much grown, mine are very young. This man and I have been attracted to each other for 6/7 years I guess. We work fairly closely. We finally had to act on them this past month. Nothing before this was an affair whatsoever. There was no emotional affair, nothing before this past month. This man and I are so in love. The first minute we were together (not sexually) I was so comfortable with him I felt like we'd been together for an eternity. He felt the same way.
Well, his wife found out yesterday about us and now I have no clue what is going to happen. This guy and I have been talking for a bit now about wanting to be together permanently, to leave our marriages but we weren't sure how. We knew we wanted to leave on our terms, not because we were found out. Well, that's not the case now. His wife knows, and I truly honestly feel terrible about this. This man is a LOT older than I am. I feel terrible because I knew I wanted a life w/him, but I also knew he's not far from retirement (10 years, maybe at the most), his kids are pretty much grown, and now if we were to be together he'd be going backwards in life. He'd be helping me raise two small children, not getting to just get up and go wherever he wants whenever he wants. He says he thinks he can handle that, that he wants to handle it, but I'm so unsure.
I really don't know where I'm going with this. I'm so afraid to leave my husband only because of my children. My husband is so happy in our marriage, but he knows I'm not. We are in counseling now, but it's not helping me. I have told myself for over a year now that I will stay in this marriage until my kids are much older, but that is so far away I don't think I can do that. I feel like my hand is being twisted here now because his wife found out and he's going to move out. He told me to take my time and decide what I want to do, he's putting no pressure on me but I feel so pressured. I feel pressured because I'm feeling so selfish for wanting to leave and not even thinking about my children.
I could go on and on about this forever. Does anyone have any insight? Anything, I'm so desperate. Anyone go through this?
Hey Guest. Here is the sitch IMO. You need to leave, ASAP. You are staying in this marriage for the wrong reason. Your hubby loves you and is devoted to this marriage, and you are doing a deservice to him, your kids and yourself. While I have no kids, my fiancee has always told me this gem of wisdom over and over again. "Children would rather come from a broken home than live in one." Kids have a funny way of sensing the tension between you and your hubby and they will then believe it is their fault, even if it really isn't. This isn't what you want, that is not an effective way of protecting them. The choice is up to you, yet you have to realize, everyone involved here should be happy, you, your husband, your kids, everyone. This therefore may mean without you in the household or with mommy and daddy divorced. The ball is in your court, think about their well being and then the example you need to set for them.
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You need to come clean and tell your husband the truth. You owe him that much, and honestly, it's best he hears about the affair from you and not the OM's wife...Because chances are she COULD very well find out information about you, your husband, where you live and decide to spill the beans to him.
Your husband deserves a chance to find love again, do not stay with him because you're afraid to go at life alone, or scared to take a chance on the OM. Why is it OK for you to find love, on the side, and still stay married? Your husband LOVES you, yet you don't love or respect him enough to just end it so HE can heal, and move on.
You can still be a good mother and he can still be a good father to the kids. Have joint custody and make it as easy as possible for the kids.
...it's best he hears about the affair from you and not the OM's wife...Because chances are she COULD very well find out information about you, your husband, where you live and decide to spill the beans to him.
Fact is... she wouldn't have to spend more than ten minutes in a forum like this one before somebody like me recommended to her that she do just that.
You've made quite a few assumptions about how things will be once your marriage ends, Guest. For example, how the OM would be helping you raise your children. How do you know that your husband won't receive primary custody of the kids? I once read that men only request custody about 20% of the time, but in the 20% where they do request it, about 80% will get it.
In some states, joint custody is more the norm... but I think you'll find child support to be minimal if granted at all when the parents are 50/50. So, you better hope the OM means what he says and is willing to divorce and marry you. IF your current husband is willing to fight it out in court, he can probably prevent him from sleeping over when your children are present without benefit of marriage.
You know, the feelings elicited by an extra-marital affair are strong and exciting. There's an addictive quality, a physiological reaction going on in the body. But Guest... you're about to throw away life as you know it.
At that point, all you can do is cross your fingers and hope it's the real deal. Because until the hormones and neurotransmitters stop partying... there's just no way to know.
If you're curious about what your husband will be going through... check out the Separation/Divorce section. There are quite a few current threads posted there by men going through divorce due to infidelity. It's excruciating.
Take a box of Kleenex with you.
Guest: You need to consider what your husband is going to do when the truth surfaces, (and it usually does). Is he going to be heart broken, and grovel hoping he can keep you as a wife / mother? Or is he going to go into "wronged spouse / pappa bear" mode and begin fighting?
IF he's a fighter, you stand to lose much more than you have counted on. All it takes is a sympathetic Divorce Judge for you to find yourself visiting your children and paying him child support. Stranger things happen.
Up to this point, you have done everything wrong. Think about the choices coming up... before stepping off the cliff.
My hope for her is that she shut the whole mess down, right now and pray she isn't discovered. Then... start treating her husband with the respect he's earned.
If he's "in love" with her as she believes he is she could probably get away with confessing her sins, and be forgiven. Of course that's a big "if".
I think about my disfunctional / failed marriage. If my ex would have "come clean" ten years into the marriage, and begun to work on the relationship, I would have been happy to forgive her, embrace her effort and live happily ever after. I loved her that much. Fifteen years later she could have excreated golden turds, and it wouldn't have made any difference.
Quite frankly I wouldn't bet a dime that this man is going to start a new family 10 years out of retirement. He has raised his own children, been married and unfaithful to his spouse, and my guess is IF his wife throws him out after finding out about your affair, he will be happily playing the field. I hope you enjoyed your month long fantasy because reality is a b*tch, and it is about to rear its ugly little head!
If you don't love your husband and are cheating on him - tell him and let him go. He deserves to have someone who loves him and is true to him. To stay is selfish. Who wants to live their lives with someone who doesn't want to be there. The children will be okay.
It always amazes me how people are so afraid to leave their marriage but are not afraid to cheat, get caught, and put their lives in jeopardy by possibly getting killed by a BS.
This is probably the same type of woman that finds it 'disrespectful' for her husband to visit a strip club with his buddies now and then. Talk about selfish.
Do your husband the favor and leave him. He's done nothing wrong and your immaturity is really shining through. Oh poor you, pity this poor woman. You aren't happy within' yourself so you decide to have an affair? That's a pretty pathetic excuse.
How about it's because you are selfish, immature and not trustworthy. I think that sounds a little bit more like the truth.
You are more concerned about this OM than you are your husband and I can guarantee even if you two do go further with this, it won't last. Relationships that start off with strife end with it. However don't let this stop you from telling your husband the truth. He deserves to know how you behave.
'Truth Untold' is still the same as lying. You lie to your husband everyday that you don't tell him. This OM doesn't care for you, he doesn't love you. It's infactuation, not love. The novelty of it will wear off especially when you move in with him and see his bad habits, etc.. as he sees yours. You drag your children into this mess as well.
You need to break away from both your husband and this OM and goto IC for yourself. In the meantime let your husband have the children, he's the one that deserves them, not you.
This is probably the same type of woman that finds it 'disrespectful' for her husband to visit a strip club with his buddies now and then.
Good grief! WHERE did that particular assumption spring from??
You know JM, I'm starting to hear that old striptease riff whenever I see one of your posts...
ba-dah.. bamp.. bamp.. bamp..
I'm more inclined to agree with Lakeside. I'm always hesitant to recommend to women that they fess up. It might not be the right, but in general terms the betrayed husband has such a difficult time reconciling the information that there IS the possibility of violence to be considered.
That may sound gender-biased ... and I'm sorry for it because it's a painful situation regardless. While there IS a possibility for violence to be perpetrated by women, and this type of violence on the rise... I still have to think the odds are smaller.
At the minimum, Guest needs to get screened for STD's though and make sure she hasn't exposed her spouse to illness.
I'm always hesitant to recommend to women that they fess up. It might not be the right, but in general terms the betrayed husband has such a difficult time reconciling the information that there IS the possibility of violence to be considered.
That may sound gender-biased ...
Then aren't you, on some level, condoning the behavior? Let's say the OP had $250K in a retirement account that she brought into the marriage. Is is OK for her H to plunder and embezzle from the account as long as she doesn't find out about it?
Whwn I found out the my Ex had cheated, I had the same reaction as most BS - she had turned our life into a lie. All the time we spent together, the trips taken, times we'd made love - all lies. I would have had a better chance of dealing with it if she'd told me right away. The farther that the OP moves past day one, the bigger the lie. She should should stop the A, tell her H now and deal as best she can with the fallout...
Then aren't you, on some level, condoning the behavior?
No. Actually, my personal preference is always for the truth to come out.
In couples who choose reconciliation, the truth can create greater emotional intimacy and highlight pre-affair problems in such a way as to allow them to finally be addressed. In couples who choose divorce, the truth can put the loss of the relationship in perspective so that the damaged party is better equipped to find closure.
On top of all that... EVERYONE should have the right to make their own informed decisions, and a betrayed spouse who's kept in the dark doesn't have all the data. It's not fair.
But... I find myself hesitant to give advice which has the potential to get somebody killed. It's a fault. Sorry.
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