Hi, this is my first time on this site and I'm searching for answers to why I am staying in a loveless marriage. We've been together for 24 years and I'm wondering where to go from here. I've been the patient and compliant person in this marriage, but I'm getting very tired of being the one who always gives in. My husband does what ever he wants, while I stay home alone. I work full time, but I don't find it a very fulfilling job. I took this job for the money, not because I wanted to work there. I come home empty from work to a relationship that is all dried up. We don't talk to each other at all... because if we talk to each other we'll start arguing. He's bitter, I'm crabby. Its so sad. The problem is that we are both so stubborn about leaving. Neither of us wants to give up the house, so we avoid each other instead. I can't even remember when was the last time we have said I love you to each other. Its been years. Lately its been easier to say I hate you... Why are we still together!!! Why can't I just get suitcases packed and move on. Part of me says its because the kids are still around. One daughter is leaving for university this fall and the other is working near here and is living very close. Another reason I tell myself is that I don't want to live alone and since I have two large dogs, where am I going to live that will take in two large dogs. Its so dumb.. but I keep making stupid excuses. I'm hoping that I can stop making these excuses and start making steps out of this relationship.