It is amazing how things change in only a matter of a few days! Long post, but …
I officially told the lawyer to file for D today!
It should be processed at the court in a few days.
This past weekend my STBWXH was out of town visiting his family. He is famous for sending me emails or texts the Mon / Tues following any trip he takes to engage and/or verbally / emotionally attack me over one thing or another. So, I did my best to emotionally prepare. Plus, these communications have changed slightly in recent weeks and I get the impression that his AP has been in his ear and is influencing what he is doing / saying.
Like clockwork I got an email Tuesday morning. The email wrote out the 2 possible options for us to separate our assets and the tone was very threatening, blamed me for his ‘extreme financial hardship’ and was condescending. All designed to emotionally manipulate me and get a rise out of me. It came off as ‘you can choose out of these two options – or else’. Although, the one option I was actually quite onboard with.
In addition, he said he wanted to be friends, that all I want is for him to walk away ‘hurt and crippled’, that even though I don’t believe him this wasn’t an exit affair, and that he wants me to ‘move on in a healthy and positive way'. Every aspect of the email was a lie, a charade, a way to make himself feel better, and quite frankly --- total bullsh!t!
Then, today I got another email from him! My intent was to respond to Tuesday's email (asset discussion only, no response to his poor me emotional crap), following consultation with my lawyer. But I never got the chance. And there was SO MUCH in this second email to digest. The blame game, the emotional manipulation, and the lack of responsibility and deflection on me in this email --- astounding!
Long story short ---
My STBWXH early terminated his apartment lease today and told me he is moving out of state end-June. His plan is to keep his day job here and rent a room somewhere for very cheap locally, and then commute back to x location every weekend. A blessing that he will be moving (out of sight out of mind and easier to detach), but he's only 'sort of' moving (will likely become long term).
Now, his family lives in this state he’s moving to, but so does the AP (just in a city about 1.5 hours away). He said things like he “can't deal with being here emotionally and financially anymore”, and that it is so “incredibly difficult going down the road to work passing the house” knowing that he can’t be here, and how he just needs a ‘fresh start” with something else. That he has a lot of time to think about it when he was in x location last week. Now, I've suspected that he and his AP were setting a life up together because of what he'd say when I questioned him about her and if she was leaving her husband. And I was right.
My STBWXH informed me that his ‘time with the dogs has come to an end’ and I should assume full custody of the dogs starting end-June. I knew this was coming, as I knew he would tire of them because they have only been an inconvenience to him since we separated. He said, “the dogs are much happier with you over me anyways, so they will not miss coming to my place.” Hmph.
Some fun quotes for all of you to stew over!
“I'm just sorry for how things transpired and do wish it could be different. Had you done things differently I wouldn't have been swayed, and if I did things differently you wouldn't have been hurt.”
“I can't look at your dad the same and just wish I could tell everyone it will be ok and better.”
“Time is a true healer, distance from each other might later on reconcile some things but I know you will never treat or care for me ever again as you have.”
“Although you may think I'm running away, I'm just trying to preserve anything I have left in me right now, I'm scared about what it will be like in 6 months, 1 year from now. I just hope you realize that I do care for you, and I will always think back to you in the good times we have had. I promise not to intrude on your life or disturb things you want to do moving forward.”
Don’t you like how he said if “I” had done things differently he wouldn’t have swayed? That time is a ‘true healer’ (yea, that’s the AP talking, not him). OMG!
He is officially leaving me for the AP! We knew it was an exit affair SI, but it still stings. I did discover that my STBWXH is looking for a place with his AP in x location, and her 12-year-old son and her 2 dogs will be there too. The man that didn’t want kids is now going to be a step-daddy and he’s trading me / our dogs in for her / her dogs? Talk about surreal. And disgusting! But, he is scared of what it will be like for him in 6 months, a year? You are starting a new life with your gf and her son you jack@ss … leaving me behind and abandoning me after I gave you 16 years of my life! STOP lying and STOP trying to emotionally manipulate me. God, it makes me sick!
He of course had to throw in some bread crumbs like a typical narc too! "I'm grateful and appreciative of everything you have given me, the love, the support, the kindness and care. But as time has gone I needed something different, and started seeing things so very different. I really have been miserable, you haven't been the woman I married years ago and we have lost that connection.... I'm sorry that I made you hate me so, I want to remember the good times with you and I hope you don't speak ill of me for the rest of your life and can reflect on some of the better times too."
Yea, like you saying that makes all your bad behavior and your bad choices better or forgiven! No way!
So, it all just finally added up and I decided to file for D to officially to get the ball rolling. It’s a relief, but it’s also been a very emotional day. Lots of tears! And I figure I’ll be able to do NC now and grey-rock for every communication that is required. In fact, I was proud of myself for not even responding to his email today. In 30 days, he’ll move to x location, the dogs will be with me, and I can move on!
Why do I feel so sad though still? Ugh!