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I Am Divorced

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    Met wife in high school.

    Married her. 20+ years later divorced. Still good friends but the idea of hitting on a woman or dating us scary and I don't think I can do it. I'm a shy person.
    WhiskeyGold WhiskeyGold 41-45, M 2 Responses Mar 7

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    When we were young we were in love.

    I raised the girls he earned the money. Then when the girls were grown and we were no longer short of money we didn't seem to have anything in common any more
    Barb1960 Barb1960 51-55, F 4 Responses Feb 27

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    I signed my papers today

    and could not be happier.
    TragicWhispers TragicWhispers 31-35, F 12 Responses Sep 29, 2014

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    I have been married and divorced twice.

    My first marriage was when I was 19. We had one son and were divorced at 23. I married my second husband at 27 and we divorced two years ago,after 8 years of marriage and two kids. I definitely want a relationship...but don't want another marriage!
    StunningFun StunningFun 36-40, F 6 Responses Dec 28, 2013

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    Divorce

    For years I knew my husband was abusive. I listened to all these voices in our culture that say things like "no one's perfect", "you should see what I have to put up with", "part of what women put up from husbands" and other stupid comments. My...
    celestial celestial 46-50, F 7 Responses Jan 30, 2007

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    I've been divorced now

    for almost 3 years come June. I love my life I feel free and extremely happy. The only thing I miss from my divorce is seeing my daughter ever day.
    blkrhino blkrhino 31-35, M Mar 30

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    Today...

    I just got the call.It's been a long time coming. We had so many problems for so long, and he moved out in January of 2011. So many bad things said, so many sad moments. Today, it's just surreal.It's actually over.I keep saying it to myself. I'm traveling for my job. Traveling...
    onceandfutureglow onceandfutureglow 31-35, F 9 Responses Aug 15, 2012

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    I feel like I failed.

    ..I was ignored..basically fended for myself while he went and did what he wanted. ski trips .hunting...etc...we became roommates ..but my worry at the break up was ..gee..I don't want to hurt his feelings. ..I don't think he took my feelings into consideration. .when I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 29

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    I was with my husband 29 yrs.

    We raised 2 children together. In 2011 he started a online affair with a women 4 states away. He had never met this women face to face. After 4 months of online and phone conversations with her he asked me for a divorce. I find it hard to grasp that a husband and father would...
    yooper01 yooper01 56-60, F 6 Responses Apr 24

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    Finalizing my divorce this week .

    ....wife is bipolar didnt take meds made life a living hell...now that its about to be done im a bit sad over it all
    datbeast datbeast 36-40, M 1 Response Mar 19

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    Years Ago

    Many years ago I was married to someone who was not well-suited for me.I kind of knew this probably wasn't going to work but given the family dynamics at the time, I went ahead and got married hoping for the best.It didn't work. No surprise and many years later I got a divorce.I...
    WildSpectrumArts WildSpectrumArts 46-50, F 3 Responses Aug 5, 2012

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    One of the things I found most difficult

    after leaving my marriage was opening up and becoming intimate with anyone. Even at this point it requires months before I feel like it. I wish one of the first pieces of advice my therapist had given me was to cheat, because I needed to set hard, strong boundaries, feel...
    Gearcynic Gearcynic 36-40, M 2 Responses 2 days ago

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    Thank God

    Married him at eighteen.A month into it he was already chasing some other girl.Had kid#1.He treated me like poop,and abused my baby.He then decided that a fourteen year old would be a better 'woman' than me, tried to leave me while pregnant with kid#2 for said 'woman'. She got...
    blackcat blackcat 22-25, F 10 Responses Jul 9, 2007

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    It is final. Happy Dance!

    !!!! :) The world is wide open again and I am free!!!! The paths that have been opened are exciting!
    BlueGray2014 BlueGray2014 31-35, F 1 Response Apr 27

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    Divorce doesnt give you your life back,

    but what it does for some ( like myself) is give you back to your self! it takes a while to reconcile with who you were/are without the burden of what your partner insist you become. Im in no better place than many divorced people i know ,but I know it will improve. resistance...
    faydoll faydoll 46-50, F 2 days ago

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    A little less than a year ago,

    my wife of 12 years told me she was leaving and taking the teenage daughters (there are two - 17 & 14 at the time of separation) with her. They are daughters from her first marriage and I legally adopted them in 2002. Since she left, we have gone through a divorce which...
    Cdsissykylei Cdsissykylei 46-50, T 7 Responses Jan 26, 2014

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    My marriage and subsequent divorce taught me a

    lesson..never let anyone treat you less than what you deserve..or make you feel like you aren't important..it's the lesson now that I use in any relationship I have. I left a 14 year relationship/marriage..at this point in my life..I can leave any relationship and not look back...
    LOOKN4NSIGHT43 LOOKN4NSIGHT43 41-45, F 3 Responses Oct 6, 2014

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    Learning Through The Upheaval

    Remember, we all have the power of free will . . we all have the innate ability to choose what is best, and how we wish to live our lives. Ending your marriage and is not the ending of life, or the world as we know it. It's how you perceive it. All the issues connected are quite...
    KattG KattG 46-50, F 8 Responses Mar 21, 2013

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    EVERAFTERBROOKLYN EVERAFTERBROOKLYN 22-25, F May 13

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    As of 1:22 p.m. Central Time today.

    Glad that it is over, ready to move on, but still pretty melancholy.
    wantadoover wantadoover 56-60, M May 4

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    I was married for 10 years.

    I believe my ex husband falls somewhere on the autistic scale, though he's never been diagnosed. He doesn't get social cues. Hell, he doesn't even get blatant cues. The marriage fell apart because he is like a little boy. While his submissive, traditional, loving/giving ways...
    DreamChristine DreamChristine 31-35, F 8 Responses Oct 14, 2014

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    Divorce is really a terrible thing But

    for all you people out there, men and women, just know this your kids love you and out there other people do too :D
    Madiix2 Madiix2 18-21, M 2 Responses Apr 19

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    I have had a terrible first

    and only marriage, I divorced my physical and mental abusive husband after he attacked, raped, kicked my 8th month pregnant tummy with his work boots on, and finally shoved me head first down a flight of stairs all because he was drunk and lost his paycheck in a local casino...
    singleredheadfemale singleredheadfemale 41-45, F 8 Responses Apr 10

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    How can I find the strength to be a good mother

    to my three children while I'm dealing with my husband of 15yrs leaving..infidelity is suspected but not confirmed. Anytime a married man decide to spend the weekend away from his wife and cut off communicating until he.comes home Sunday night..ain't watching the "game" he's...
    tbryd tbryd 36-40, F 5 Responses May 10

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    The paper came in the mail,

    the paper said our names and it said officially that we are divorced. I didn't feel any thing at first. It was just a reminder of the process, I knew would be coming. I knew it was going to happen. I needed it to happen so I could move forward with my life. It's sad. it's weird...
    ophelia379 ophelia379 26-30, F 5 Responses Jun 11, 2014

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    Ahhhhhhhhhh!!! I want to shout it from the roof

    tops, but technically it will be finalized March 28th!!! I can't believe it! Someone freakin pinch me, I dreaming!! I did it. I stuck to my guns and lived through this insanity. The ex even had a break through and now accepts the fact this divorce is for the best!!! Can you...
    irishstone irishstone 41-45, M Mar 11

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    Starting Over

    The hardest thing I have ever been through. But I am a much stronger person now and trying to figure out where my life goes from here. Haven't been single in the last 20 years and it is kind if a little scary and very lonely at night. I have set up at night and wondered what I am...
    GoodGuy40 GoodGuy40 41-45, M 5 Responses Oct 19, 2013

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    He's Not My Problem, But......

    I am currently working with my daughter (remotely holding her hand, being supportive and offering suggestions) as she is attempting to navigate, for the first time in her life, a manic episode her father is enjoying. He just packed up his trailer with household and personal items...
    Ceridwyn Ceridwyn 46-50 3 Responses Jan 4, 2013

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    Separated only 4 months,

    divorced for almost a month now. I was relieved, though sad, but also happy. I'm depressed now. I just can't seem to snap out of it, and suspect it is still the grief process of divorce. So ready for my new life to begin, yet also so fatigued, uninterested in the things I love...
    ceruleansee13 ceruleansee13 36-40, F 7 Responses Apr 13

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    Starting Over After Divorce

    Wow I can't believe I'm starting over....in my upper 30's. My husband had a string of afairs, took everything we had in exchange for full custudy of our only child. I know I can do this but I have no idea how to make new friends and just move on. I have a good job and a great kid...
    faith7777 faith7777 41-45, F 14 Responses Feb 20, 2013

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    I have been divorced twice

    and have no plans on ever getting married again. I cannot and will not subject myself to that kind of emotional trauma again. I absolutely refuse to trust another man with my heart and I am perfectly okay with being single for the rest of my life. For me, the risk of acquiring...
    WiltedTulip WiltedTulip 41-45, F 3 Responses Apr 15

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    date of birth May 3, 2013 date of death March

    11, 2015 even though it was a short life my marriage has ended. I seem to be doing ok. I didn't think I'd let anyone back in or allow myself to think long term. Was having some issues with commitment. (as i had started dating a couple months before my divorce finalized) I...
    06cumminsgirl 06cumminsgirl 22-25, F 1 Response 6 days ago

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    I have been married only once.

    From this union, I have delivered 3 kids; 2 boys and 1 girl. My husband cheated on me and left me for a woman half his age and mine. He got his girlfriend pregnant and she has given him twin boys. I have been divorced for a few years and am dating someone.
    stephaniewashington stephaniewashington 41-45, F May 2

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    Feel Bad That My Marriage Was't Worse!

    There are so many heart-wrenching stories here of abuse, betrayal, dishonesty and neglect. My marriage included none of these. My ex was/is a fine person, and a great mom. I just never was a priority for her. Her job came first, and I was lonely all the time - even when we were...
    Sharpie7 Sharpie7 51-55, M 18 Responses Sep 30, 2012

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    I know its time to move on

    but at my age its difficult. The thought of starting again with dating just horrifies me.
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 12

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    So I just wanted to say

    that I am single again and the divorce was finalized today yippee, however, I forgot how much dating sucks ugh!
    sexyjess45 sexyjess45 31-35, F 19 Responses Aug 15, 2014

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    Happily Divorced, Happily Moved On

    When I got married, I intended for it to be an forever thing in my life. Get married once and make it a good one. I envisioned the silver anniversary and hopefully the golden one. We had the home, kids, animals, family. I was determined to that we were going to stay intact. The...
    SilentDolphin SilentDolphin 36-40, F 13 Responses Oct 15, 2012

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    They need to have showers

    for divorced couples. Someone is going to need a toasted and/or a cheese grater after the split up.
    wantadoover wantadoover 56-60, M 3 Responses May 4

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    This is a little harder then I thought.

    ... A few years ago when I first joined this site I made the mistake of doing what I usually do in the real world...which is pretend like everything is ok because it seems pointless to bother others with my problems or random thoughts...my friends constantly tell me that...
    xXxsilvermistxXx xXxsilvermistxXx 26-30, F 3 Responses Apr 5, 2014

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    Been divorced for some years now.

    I'm still exploring life as a single... but it's still hard to get used to as I didn't go out that much when I was married. And I'm quite shy, so... I sometimes just feel totally insecure and incomfortable when I'm out with my friends. I'm 36 and it's quite silly I know... but I...
    ZoeReynard ZoeReynard 36-40, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    Is Divorce Really The Answer To My Marriage Problems

    The breakdown of society in the beginning of this last quarter of the twentieth century is nowhere more apparent than in the breakdown of the home and family. When the going gets tough in marriage, many people take what they believe is the easy way out. When pressures begin to...
    chrisgaza chrisgaza 51-55, M 6 Responses Nov 10, 2013

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    I was married twice by the time I was 30.

    I don't regret either one and I'm still friendly with both my exes. But it just didn't work. Now I have been single for 10 years. I have thought about getting married again but something about a third time makes me afraid to go back down that road. I have a pretty good life so...
    LemonadeGrin LemonadeGrin 41-45, M 2 Responses May 1

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    Many years ago I went into a marriage thinking

    it be forever. Condensed story we had two kids together.She cheated on me became a full blown alcoholic bar fly and deadbeat mother.She left me for another man,we got divorced.I got full custody of my two kids.Raised them right and both are now college graduate.My ex made and...
    AfanOfbigNaturals AfanOfbigNaturals 46-50, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Well, it's been nearly three years

    since my I have seen my children. I am deeply in debt, in poor physical health and have lost the majority of my 'friends'. I don't hate my ex and I'm not really even angry at her. I'm just sad that it all had to end this way. My children are growing up without me, I have student...
    cvann5 cvann5 51-55, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    When the grief in your marriage out weighs the

    happiness you know it's time for a change.
    cutsy cutsy 36-40, F 1 Response Jul 27, 2014

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    How do people manage to make ends meet from day

    to day? I owe so much in medical bills that I am barely able to pay for food. I don't see how I am going to save enough to see my boys in July? Any suggestions?
    cvann5 cvann5 51-55, M 3 Responses 2 days ago

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