Missus has a got a new bloke

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby dbg » Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:28 am

Thanks again for all the messages of support folks. Ireland went pretty well all things considered, strange sleeping alone at night though, one bonus was I still had some Euro's left when I got back - that's unheard of!!
We remain in a strange stalemate neither prepared to leave the kids as we are both so attached to them and to plunge ourselves into financial stress by either leaving and putting both of us and the kids on the breadline just seems ludicrous.
I believe we have to 'tough it out' somehow, find some common ground whereby we can co-exist for at least the foreseeable future. We're kind of getting along at present, all went to Warwick Castle as a family on Sat - she even held my arm in the dungeon scary bit lol!
But its certainly a crappy situation with no easy resolution (I noticed yesterday she'd joined the metal detectors association and she's told me in the past he's well into that so obviously things are good between them!) - no gold digger jokes please!!

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby Simmotino » Thu Sep 13, 2012 15:28 pm

I guess she's happy to roll along as she is getting the best of both worlds so isn't in any rush to make her move :|

Totally understand why you are wanting to keep things as normal as possible for the kids (and fair play to you for doing it, too) but you need to think about you as well and whether just carrying on is necessarily the best thing for you and them in the long term.

I'm no expert by any means though, so feel free to ignore that last suggestion if you want!

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby ShutUpLegs » Thu Sep 13, 2012 15:37 pm

Simmotino wrote:I guess she's happy to roll along as she is getting the best of both worlds so isn't in any rush to make her move :|


Think you've hit the nail on the head there.
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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby Smokin Joe » Thu Sep 13, 2012 16:20 pm

Simmotino wrote:I guess she's happy to roll along as she is getting the best of both worlds so isn't in any rush to make her move :|


And I would bet her new bloke is more than happy to have his cake and eat it. A man is much less inclined to leave his spouse and set up home with someone new, they're generally happy to keep the home comforts and have a bit on the side.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby dbg » Fri Sep 14, 2012 09:09 am

That's a good point, it never really occurred to me that he might just be leading her on and his house isn't actually for sale nor is his relationship with his girlfriend on the rocks. I know she's seeing him tonight so I'll casually mention she should ask him to drive past his house so she can see the For Sale sign!

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Postby vitesse169 » Fri Sep 14, 2012 09:31 am

dbg wrote:That's a good point, it never really occurred to me that he might just be leading her on and his house isn't actually for sale nor is his relationship with his girlfriend on the rocks. I know she's seeing him tonight so I'll casually mention she should ask him to drive past his house so she can see the For Sale sign!


...might I refer you to the second part of my post of 23rd August in particular.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby smidsy » Fri Sep 14, 2012 10:09 am

I have not read all seven pages so excuse me if I am repeating/missing things but...

I have been through 2 divorces and the first one was the only one with children. All I can say is that from bitter and prolonged personal experience regardless of the whys and wherefores if the female gets all funny and shops you the the CSA YOU will be paying 20% (2 children) of your net income, regardless of your outgoings (it is not means tested, a simple formula of 15% for 1 or 20% for 2) if the children live with her. This can rise to 40% of your net income if they decide arrears are owed - now that really bites!!!!!

And if they live with you and you try and get CSA on her case you will be laughed at and sent away with a flea in your ear.

I am still paying for the youngest and I was 'asked to leave becuase she did not want me anymore' 14 years ago.

So the single biggest piece of advice I can give you is do whatever it takes to avoid the CSA call at all costs - keeping your ex sweet so she does not go down that route is the only way to do that.

Am I bitter - you bet your wife I am.
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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby snoopsmydogg » Fri Sep 14, 2012 11:17 am

dbg wrote:That's a good point, it never really occurred to me that he might just be leading her on and his house isn't actually for sale nor is his relationship with his girlfriend on the rocks. I know she's seeing him tonight so I'll casually mention she should ask him to drive past his house so she can see the For Sale sign!


If his house is up for sale then just have a look on ww.rightmove.co.uk

nearly every estate agent in the country uses that site and will tell you if its up for sale/rent. It's starting to look like everyone is getting what they want other than you dbg

Hope things work out for you

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby random man » Fri Sep 14, 2012 12:52 pm

dbg wrote:That's a good point, it never really occurred to me that he might just be leading her on and his house isn't actually for sale nor is his relationship with his girlfriend on the rocks. I know she's seeing him tonight so I'll casually mention she should ask him to drive past his house so she can see the For Sale sign!


Sounds like a good time to change the locks :wink:

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby GavH » Fri Sep 14, 2012 13:31 pm

DBG, I haven't been in this situation before so I can't offer any sage advice nor can I tell you what I would have done by now if I had been in this situation, because it would be unhelpful and illegal! :evil:
All I can say is Good Luck to you and the kids: you're a better man than me for having got this far.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby dbg » Fri Sep 14, 2012 14:20 pm

Difficult to look if his house is for sale when I don't know where he lives!!

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby GavH » Fri Sep 14, 2012 14:23 pm

dbg wrote:Difficult to look if his house is for sale when I don't know where he lives!!


There's probably an App for that! :wink:

If it was me I'd want to know. I'd want to know if he was stringing her along, especially if I still had feeling for her myself and, regardless of what she thought of me, wanted to make sure she wasn't making a huge mistake.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby Smokin Joe » Fri Sep 14, 2012 20:07 pm

One thing I'd be willing to take a bet on here - lover boy's girlfriend knows nothing about this and he has no intention of her ever finding out. If he's pushed about when he's going to leave and set up home with Mrs dbg I'll bet "It's not the right time, she's got problems at the moment and I'll wait a little", plus the usual "We sleep in separate rooms, we're just together for financial reasons" and all the other string along rubbish.

I've seen it all before, and I'm ashamed to say when I was married to the first Mrs Smokin' Joe I was one of the ar$eholes who did exactly that.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby grifterveteran » Fri Sep 14, 2012 22:18 pm

Sorry to hear of your troubles,
Can't help but think that you could do with knowing a few more facts and i think its reasonable for you to ask your wife calmly for more information such as -

what are her long term intentions? to move in with new bloke? how does she see housing, financial and custody/access arrangments playing out with you and the kids??
has she seen where new bloke lives? is his house up for sale? does he still live with the partner he's breaking up with?does this (ex)partner know about your wife being on the scene, if not why not? is there any possibility he could be stringing her along?
what does new bloke think about his new partner (ie your wife) sharing a house with (ex) husband?
what is the new blokes attitude to the fact his new partner has children? does she ever see a reconciliation as possible and that last question is something you'd have to ask yourself. RELATE counselling might be helpful both in managing a breakup and a reconciliation.

you'd have to think carefully before asking these Q's as as others have pointed out, she could unfortunately turn the screw financially.

they are all difficult questions and issues, but by asking them calmly you are taking a little bit of control of the situation and moving things along a bit - you've had a few weeks to get used to the shock but you can't stay suspended in time and space for ever. Its also putting a little bit of responsibility onto your wife as well because this limbo and avoiding the issues is kind of suiting her.

The reason i think its reasonable for you to ask these questions is for your own sanity - to be able to then allow yourself to be able to stand on more solid ground and have more of an idea whats going on. At the minute you're having to second guess everything and torment yourself at the many twists and turns as to what might be going on in the present and to how it might all play out.

It seems to me like you are exercising remarkable self restraint and in so doing have the presence of mind to think of the impact on the kids. However, i wonder if all the anger and corrosive emotions will catch up with you sooner or later and explode - it wouldn't be surprising you're only human and your life at the minute sounds like a pressure cooker building and building mate. Everybody has their limits and we can only live in dysfunction for so long before the toil on your sanity, self respect and view of the world begins to show.

I remember from growing up how friends whose parents were always arguing, or drinking, or going through a messy divorce alaways hated the conflict and lack of stability in the home, but quickly settled and were relieved when the divorce went through and they lived with one parent, saw the other regular and things settled into a pattern again.

Finally, your motto at the minute should be 'self-care' or 'self-care and the wellbeing of the kids' Stick to basic rules of eat healthy x3 daily, abstain from all alcohol its an artificial depressant, regular exercise, dont isolate yourself talk to a friend, and make real quality time with the kids (last one u seem to be making a priority). If things are getting too much, see your GP or google counsellors in your area particulaely relationship counsellors most will see you on your own.

All the best mate

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby mallorcajeff » Sun Sep 16, 2012 15:19 pm

sound advice above. Hope you get it sorted mate. Stay strong for you and the kids.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby jim453 » Sun Sep 16, 2012 15:47 pm

Dbg, you seem like a nice sort of bloke who doesn't want to hurt too many people and appears not to have done much to deserve the situation you find yourself in.

However, and with respect, she's taking the wee-wee. What do you mean 'you don't know where he lives?'. Find out, it shouldn't be too hard. Why he hell should he get out of any of the hassle? I'd be round there telling him and his missus that he was welcome to her. That should force the issue a little.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby slow but gets there » Sun Sep 16, 2012 16:24 pm

You can find out where the man lives if you have his name and a rough idea where he lives, the town is enough. Use 192.com and do a name search a minimal amount of searches will cost less than ten pounds, that should give you where he lives and who he lives with. Then you can do the rightmove search on his house. I had to trace a relative earlier this year, he had died and nobody had told the cornoner to proceed, however they needed confirmation of address as I was not in the UK at the time this was the method I used.

Hope it gets better.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby ManOfKent » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:01 am

My wife told me last summer that she didn't want to be with me any more. Like dbg we couldn't afford to live in separate houses but my children are younger and there was never any realistic possibility I would get custody, so eventually she got a job and I moved out. Three weeks later someone another man moved in and after a little investigation I discovered that she'd been keeping secrets and lying to me for a long time. There are lots of things I still don't know or understand and I expect it will always be so. Women... (or possibly, that particular woman.)

If I were in your position I think I would give her an ultimatum. Either she ceases all contact with the other man and tries to rebuild her marriage, or she moves out, leaving the daughters with you and making suitable arrangements for them. And tell her that you'll be speaking to the other man's other woman unless she makes a decision she can stick to, with a deadline.

What you must do:
1. Put your children first. Do not lie to them, but also try not to say negative things about your wife - she's still their mother whatever happens between them. Make sure their views and welfare are represented but don't put words into their mouths.
2. Be absolutely business-like in any conversations with your wife. Don't give her any clues as to how you feel. That way she doesn't have any leverage to manipulate you. Absolutely don't do anything rash that will prejudice your chances of a favourable outcome, such as changing the locks or beating up the other man.
3. If she chooses the other man, initiate a divorce immediately. Take the initiative and keep it. Separate your finances as soon as you possibly can and try to reach agreement between you, without having the lawyers fight over it. But you will probably need legal representation to protect your interests, especially given that you want your daughters living with you.
4. Accept that anything she's told you in the past <insert time period here> may well be untrue, especially if it relates to her feelings or her "social life". It's probably worse than you imagined and you may never find out the whole truth. But don't beat yourself up about it. Whatever faults you have, she's the one who chose this path and that isn't your fault.
5. Don't ignore how you feel - find people who will listen while you vent and can be trusted not to stir the pot. But also recognise that emotions aren't always a good guide to what you should do, because feelings change but actions have permanent consequences.
6. As others have suggested, ride your bike.

All the best, dbg.

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby dbg » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:08 pm

Once again many thanks for the great advice. Managed to get away walking the coastal path with 3 mates Saturday/Sun they helped get my spirits up and tried to get me off with anything with a pulse! :D I know she went out with fancy boy Sat night but I get the impression from the kids it didn't go too well, lots of frantic texting Sunday (she was texting on her 'secret' phone when I pulled up and had to quickly lock herself in the downstairs loo lol!
I know its an impossible situation and course it can't go on forever but for now I'm content to sit it out and wait for the next development, I get the feeling things will start to come to a head soon, something tells me he's not happy with the situation and that may play in my favour (or I'm just going slowly mad) :shock:

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Re: Missus has a got a new bloke

Postby Mystique » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:45 pm

I just noticed in your post re; Ireland that you said it felt strange Sleeping alone at night. Does this mean you're still sharing the marital bed? - If so, I'd suggest you knock that on the head ASAP, as you don't want to be sending mixed messages.

Other than that, my only contribution is to wish you all the best and tell you to stay strong & look after yourself!!


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