My Divorce Story – By Sam K:
Hi all, I need to vent some spleen! My ex wife had an affair with a ‘friend’, I found them in our bedroom whilst my 3 kids were in the house. I had a breakdown as I had no idea after 17 years of happy marriage. I got help and tried to fix it but to no avail and after 6 months asked for a divorce. After her getting custody, an entire house, most of the possessions and a very nasty time we were finally divorced.
I pay maintenance and am really struggling but keep a very strong and loving relationship with my kids and shield them from as much damage as I can.
Last year, on the first day of his exams she threw my 16 yr boy out because she could not handle him and I now look after him.
Now, she has just announced she is taking the other two (7 and 12 yrs) to live with her and her new boyfriend 300 miles away.
I am gutted. It is just not fair. I have lost a loving marriage, all I worked for all my life, have depression and now I stand to lose having my kids close so I can see them when I, and they, want.
They have been ‘given the treatment’ in buttering them up for the move and I have been told my visitation will be two weekends in four (which is as it is now apart from I also see them every Wednesday) but this is not the issue. What about the long drive they (and me) will have to endure. I can see them getting hacked off with being in a car for hours on end all the time and therefore in the end I am surely going to lose out.
I want to support my kids – it is so important for me and them. I realize I have to compromise and can see they may get a secure and loving life in the long term (although they would get that where they are). But this IS JUST NOT FAIR!
All the way through this I have sacrificed so much rather than fight or my kids get caught in the firing line and now – this is the last straw. I know I will always be their dad and will of course try to make the best.
I am totally gutted.
Anyone been through this?
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