Mate. You were living in the spare room at the marital home. You could have moved into a flat if you were serious about separating from your wife. You did it quick enough once your new lady appeared.
Enough! I''ve had a crap week with my stbx decorating my much loved family home in order to sell it - the family I once had, the home I once loved, gone because another bloke thought the grass was greener and it would be easier to skip off than talk to the woman he''d shared 27 years with. And the stupid woman he was obsessed with was gone within weeks of me discovering their messages. Tough week = no sympathy from me.
I didn''t want to live a fake life (which is what would have happened if i stayed)...and it isn''t a pleasant environment for children to grow up in when parents are bickering and at each other all the time.
Children can still have as rich an upbringing and full support from both bio parents, it just requires adult cooperation.
You expect cooperation now but didn''t try to cooperate when you were seeing OW.
Sorry ,no sympathy from me either .
Behave like adults ??
Cheating and having an affair - is that what adult behaviour is ?
Our poor children , what hope have they got ,if this is now the acceptable trend .
If you can''t deal with it ,run away !
If you were always bickering ,how come she was so hurt and upset by your leaving ?
Surely she would have agreed to you going ?
Keep digging jellybean .
Nothing can justify what you have done .
Whats done is done and yes it is important for you to have a relationship with your child ,but understand how your ex feels .
You are trying to understand how your ex feels.
Read the posts in reply.
What are they full of
Feeling the kids are abandoned.
Feeling that the leaver has put themselves first.
Resentment that although it''s the leavers choice to go they then have to give up living with the kids for a 1/3 of the year.
Put all them together it''s a powerful sentiment.
I personally categorise it as hatred.
Far from being slated you have had a truthful response to your question.It''s certainly heartfelt and genuine.
So if a group of anonymous strangers on an internet forum can give you so many impassioned responses and you and your partner haven''t actually done anything personally to them how much do you think that feeling will be magnified in your wife?
You left your wife with a very young child.
She was obviously extremely hurt by this.
She felt you abandoned her and a very young child for another woman.
You are still with the same woman so that hurt is compounded on a daily basis for your wife.
Your leaving her and the small child physically to set up home with the other woman.Has led to her stance of he left us so as I had to raise the kid I''ll be dictating access terms.
Yes that is a tool to also exact maximum punishment on you and your partner for hurting her.
Why does your wife do it because she hates both of you and were both complicit in abandoning her with a very young child to pursue your own life and love.
I know in your head you have the argument but I left her not my kid.But that as has been demonstrated by women who have been left who have posted is actually a bigger slap in the face.It adds insult to injury in fact that you have chosen to feck off with another woman but then want to still take the kid away every other weekend.
Also you have to realise that although there is a common set of themes that cause the hatred as listed all people are different.Some people can take all these feelings suck it up and still cooperate with the kid seeing the other parent.Some people can''t at all.
It seems your wife is actually at the half way house.
Ok she can accept you are Dad and that the kid has a right to know you.But she also is but not overnight stays with him and the woman he left US for.He can see the child of a daytime on his own.That''s as much as she can give voluntarily.
The mindset of your wife towards your new partner is she is a marriage wrecking wxxxx and your wife therefore believes irrefutably that your partner by her actions has defaulted any right to be anywhere near the child.
The heartfelt advice and sharing by people that you have been given on hear in one evening far from being unsupportive has actually given you the answer to your question.