My spouse has no redeeming qualities, plus he has a secret family: Ask Ellie

Q: Earlier than I proceed, as my story is lengthy, the details are this: I’ve been in a common-law relationship since 2003, and not too long ago came upon he’s been supporting a girl and household abroad for the previous 5 years.

I needed out of the connection in 2016, as he has many points — he’s irresponsible with bank card debt, a liar and cheater. I can not discover any redeeming qualities! I needed to succeed in out earlier than I am going into particulars.

Planning to Depart

A: The plain query is that this: Why haven’t you left? What stored you staying these previous six years?

A associate with “no redeeming qualities” and with the character flaws you point out, is somebody you undoubtedly can not belief. He’s seemingly additionally an individual you can’t love both, except there’s a really sturdy bodily/emotional connection between you.

So, to grasp why your relationship nonetheless exists, you need to be absolutely trustworthy with your self: Is there a again story or motive that explains why he’s supporting that lady/household, and why he stored it secret for 5 years? Does his bank card have an effect on your family funds, and do you find yourself paying it off? In that case, why? Do you will have kids collectively?

You’re absolutely conscious of this man’s flaws, and say you need to go away him … nicely, you’re not the one long-term associate (virtually 20 years now!) who’s accepted and accommodated residing with somebody who makes them really feel damage, offended, and badly used.

Is it higher to remain for the sake of kids in these relationships? Maybe in some instances, however in lots of tense households of offended, warring spouses, the children can’t wait to depart and sometimes achieve this earlier than their dad or mum leaves. Youngsters particularly really feel the strain at house. Or they take sides, generally making the state of affairs harder on the sad dad or mum.

Look at your life: Have you ever been working or pursuing an curiosity that makes you cheerful? Is there a plan for a way you’ll handle financially and discover your individual social life?

I stay up for listening to again from you and, collectively, sharing some insights as to why your associate behaves as he does, why you stayed, and what’s your finest plan for the longer term. I’m positive my readers can be , too. In any case, most individuals have confronted some relationship difficulties, and everybody can use some insights about repairing their very own conditions.

Q: My mom is failing. She has Alzheimer’s. She’s lived with me for over a decade, since my father handed away. She had a tough childhood and my siblings and I knew she would by no means survive a retirement house. I had the house, the means, and the need for her to dwell with us. Particularly since my two daughters had been toddlers and I welcomed the additional set of serving to palms.

The issue is my husband. He can’t take it anymore. She’s undoubtedly getting more durable to dwell with, as her illness progresses. She’s very humorous, however leaves the fridge door open; the range on; the milk out … … we’ve additionally needed to rent a caregiver so we will have our personal lives.

How do I assist my husband perceive that that is what I’ve to do, and sadly, it received’t final for much longer?

Dutiful daughter

A: Discuss to your husband. Inform him you perceive that the state of affairs isn’t splendid, that you recognize it’s onerous on him, and that you just admire his persistence. Clarify the way you see the subsequent few years going. Ask him if she had been his mom, what would he do in another way? Possibly he has some concepts you haven’t considered that might make life simpler for everybody. Hear him out.

Ellie’s tip of the day

Determine why you’re staying in an unhealthy relationship, then determine your subsequent transfer.

Ellie Tesher is an recommendation columnist for the Star and based mostly in Toronto. Ship your relationship questions through electronic mail:


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