I was married and was very happy being so. She made it clear to me often that she was too. A dozen years later, she told me she had never cared about me at all, that she was only ever interested in the financial investments and wanted to be with someone else. Unfortunately for her, all of my investments were locked up tight and untouchable. She got nada. Boy was she pissed. You could almost see the daggers popping out of her eyes and the steam shooting out of her ears. We're talking crazy, spitting, red faced, cursing, arms flying angry. Because she had a job and we had no kids, I had no alimony or child support payments either. The thing I'll never get over is how she was able to cooly manipulate me through the years. She seemed so sincere, sweet, innocent and loving. It was as if someone stole the person I knew one day and replaced it with a monsterous psychopath the next. I was literally dumbfounded by the fact that I had no clue whatsoever who she really was. Years later, I still have nightmares.
I would love to hear her side of the story. Sounds like she really resented you for some reason. By saying she never cared for you, it's just an untrue way to hurt you because of how she feels about you now if I had to guess. If that was her intent from the beginning, it's not likely that she would have waited 12yrs.
In any case, thanks for sharing. It sounds like an awful experience
BRP: I'd say there are two options to explain this story.
1) she was a sociopath, lying from the start to get what she wanted. If so, there would have been other signs. The biggest sign is that they want you to feel sorry for them all the time.
2) you neglected her. She found a new man who paid her the romantic attention she craved. She "fell in love" with the new guy and wanted nothing more to do with you, except for your money. At this point, with new and wonderful feelings for the next guy, all she remembers from your relationship are the downsides. So she figures, a dozen years with a dud entitles her to something! She got all invested in that idea, maybe even took out loans in anticipation of a big payout, then you crushed her dreams of wealth. So she wa spitting mad.
Did a lot of research after the divorce. I Googled "never loved him", "never loved her", divorce, affair and other similar search terms combined together. I found stories from both men and women that were similar to mine. The conclusion I came to is that it was financially beneficial for her to stay with me, until someone came along that she really fell for. In her mind, divorce had no down side. It is not at all uncommon for people to marry for money. I've even heard people say that was their reason beforehand. The legal protections I had on my assets were to prevent losses through law suits. It just so happens that they also protect assets in divorce.
Once kids come along, expect less sex. It doesn't have to dry up, but it's much harder to have time and energy for it all the time. Also kids are like throwing a hand grenade into your loving relationship. I'd recommend reading "Babyproofing your marriage" which is a book for people who want to stay married through having kids. It's just so hard, nobody would do it if they knew, and nobody who is a parent would ever want to go back and unmake their children. Well, almost nobody. Some parents are awful and some children are hellions.
Here's a good joke:
Q: What's the most fattening food?
A: wedding cake
That's good info, maybe you want to read that book referenced. It definitely is extremely hard and it is a mistake to stay together by any means even if you're not happy. However whatever you decide, support each other as parents for your child(ren) and don't ever put them in the middle. A good exercise would be to do a mental breakup exercise - or, if you have the time and cojones - really break up with the possibility of dating or sex (with others) in between and see if you can actually stay friends. If you cannot stay friends, don't do it because your divorce will be a bitch.
gene pool is not cut off if your siblings have kids
personally, i think the legacy thing is a crock of shit.
It's also not cut off if your cousins have kids. Or if your second cousins have kids, etc. That whole last name thing is a bunch of shit too. Even with my extremely rare last name, I am reasonably sure that in Eastern Europe there are plenty.
Or (can be in addition to your kid(s)) you can adopt someone totally out of yours or your spouses heritage, that will do wonders for your gene pool. Maybe you always wanted to have a presence in Asia ;)
This one in pretty high on my long list of reasons not to have kids.
Yeah, I partied so hard before to be ready to slow down, but as long as you keep yourself reasonably healthy your desire for sex will always be more than the amount you will have after kids. Plus, in a relationship it is often used as a control mechanism, esp. during fights, mostly by women but occasionally it can be the opposite. This is one of the worst things to do and yet it is the supported norm today. It's somehow ok for the woman to say "if you are not the partner I want you to be I am less attracted and therefor will have less or no sex with you", but then getting mad and running for divorce court when the guy gets it elsewhere.
Well, Anna Nicole Smith , Tiger Wood's ex etc all married for the money. You think if either of those were poor, then those chicks would have married them??
The thing is back then if you divorced you got diddly sqat. Which the feminists changed the laws on. Back then I agree-women like many minoirites were legally or socially prevented from working. But they fought for that freedom and so those laws need to go.For the time you were married, you got food, shelter, clothes-be grateful and now get a job. End of that.
It is like Hulk Hogan's wife. Just imagine how much effort, physical stress etc he had to go through to earn his fortune-she got 70% of it and now is shacked up with a 20 yr old kid. Why stay, when you can dump him , get half and get a boytoy to boot????? Probably what BRP's ex thought?
Our laws are horrible-almost like a Taliban for men. Now that many men are getting wiser and refusing to tie the knot, the feminists are changing laws to grab cash for merely cohabiting together. If you live together, you gotta pay-it is being changed to a legal whorehouse. The pimps/govt thugs enforce payments.
The only way you can avoid paying is to be poor. Like that guy in TN with 33 kids who works in a burger joint. He pays about $1.33 a month per child in child support!
I once ran into a guy I had not seen for a few years. He told me the story of where he had been and what had happened to him:
A few years prior he finally succumbed to the incessant ticking of the clock and started looking for Ms. Right. After a bit he found someone - funny, smart and good enough so after a few weeks of dating he proposed and soon after they were married. He sold his house, moved from SoCal to New Mexico.
Then she stopped taking her meds.
She became withdrawn, barely speaking to anyone. She would work all week, come home on Friday and shut herself up in her own room all weekend and not emerge until Monday morning when she would return to work. Any contact turned into a fight. This went on for months until he finally wised up and filed for divorce. I don't remember the terms of the divorce but there were as one would expect no kids to worry about.
Unfortunately for him the SoCAl RE market had exploded in the time since he had sold his home there. He was no longer able to buy into the market so he was damned to renting.
Love with ALL of your heart, but never, EVER trust. You don’t know someone or how much someone might hurt you until they’ve been presented with considerable temptation (the kind that’s worthy of betrayal). Trust only to the extent that you can survive betrayal’s cost. Never leave any critical aspect of your life at the whim of deceit. The most common form of life altering heartbreak frequently originates from the ones we trusted, respected, cared for and loved. When the reward is high enough, many will turn on you for self-gain. To whatever extent possible, remove the reward of betrayal from all of your relationships. Without reward, betrayal has no motivation. Guard your heart. Many will use you to better themselves and then devalue and discard you without a second thought. Some will say, “But you have to trust someone!” While that’s true, let me add this: “Only trust to the extent that you can survive and thrive beyond betrayal’s cost!” As humans, we are all capable of considerable deceit and betrayal, including me and you. Few walk through this life without having hurt another in considerable ways.
Few walk through this life without having hurt another in considerable ways.
Betrayals and other such are part and parcel of life. But the laws however have trapped men and they need to be changed to reflect current realties. In today's world we are equal beings responsible for our own welfare and so if the marraige does not work out -then move on and forge your own path. A little transitory support is fine-with the goal being transitory-but no more.
One of my colleagues was from India and had an "arranged " marraige. His parents set up the marraige-what he didn't know was the girl was already in love with someone-but never told anyone. Nowadays apparantely the women have a lot of choices, because they work and are not forced into it. But he was a good catch- a US citizen and pretty decent income by any standards. She agreed, came over here and had a child with him. He paid fully for her post graduate degree, all expenses etc. Meanwhile she kept on the relationship with her boyfriend who also came over on a H1B visa. Then after 7 yrs- she was a citizen too by now- she got a divorce and moved in with the kid to her lover and married him.
Now CA is a no fault state and worse a community property state-so everything during the marraige was split 50/50 and she got a free post graduate college degree and child support till the kid turns 18. The guy was so heartbroken-I guess he was still "traditional" he moved back to India and last I heard became a drunk.
Everyone hopes that their race or gender will come out on top. Why? The benefits silly. If your race or gender isn’t on top, then you’ll be singing your tale of woe and furthering your group’s rise to the top. What happens when you find yourself on top? You hold on to your power for dear life (or fall while basking in the light of your own benevolence). It’s been happening all throughout history, across every gender, race, and religion. If men want to change the laws, then they’re going to have to go to the mat. In case you haven’t noticed, women are pretty shrewd with regard to negotiating rewards on their own behalf. They’re far, far more sophisticated than men in this regard. The saying, “…men think with their little heads…” holds much truth. Women know this, and they use that knowledge with great skill. If I were a woman, I might be doing the same.
They’re far, far more sophisticated than men in this regard.
This is absolutely right. Men have too much ego, and they value their so-called intelligence far too much. If you look at someone and you cannot tell his/her weaknesses in 5 minutes you are in a great disadvantage. You need to find all the buttons quickly.
This means you must also project false weaknesses and decoy buttons. When they start attacking, you will have an advanced warning.
As I’m sure you’re aware, on battlefields, both sides lay out false targets for that very purpose. Cheap bait used to first expose and then identify the enemy. Get 'em to hit the obvious targets and waste ammunition while you target the real assets and counter attack. As you pointed out, a brilliant strategy that can be applied to so many aspects of life.
Much time, effort and money has been expended on making the real thing look fake and the fake thing look real. That’s why, as you said earlier, “Trust…but verify.” Improper identification of threats can lead to enormous embarrassment. Been there…done that.
Correct. Risk identification is one thing. Initial handling of any risk is plan A. Alternate mitigation strategies follow. If my power goes out, I have battery backup. If that fails, the diesel generator kicks in. If either of those fails, rows of power supply trucks come driving up (because my stuff is that important).
Life works in much the same fashion as power failures. I actually have a battery backup on my sump pump!
Well I'll have to admit, Marriage is tough sometimes. There were times in the past, where if my wife was just my girlfriend I would have just walked. But I would have to say overall it's been a positive experience, things could have been or could be better. Like in a better financial position, I've always prided myself being debt free (except mortgage), but after I got married, debt seems to be attracted to me now. I have a almost 60k in debt not including my mortgage (which is almost 5 times higher now then when I was single). If I looked at marriage as strictly an financial investment, I say I got sold a lousy stock. But there are other rewards and not just sex, If I hired a prostitute every time I wanted sex (instead of getting married), it be a hell a lot cheaper in the long run.
Looks like your asset protection plan stood up in court. That was quite a feat.
Emotional damages are hard to fix. It is sometimes difficult to make a decision. Which one would you prefer:
1) hedging your feelings for a lifetime
2) be true to yourself and recover gracefully when things go wrong
Modernity brings much headaches.
In this world, all relationships end. Eventually, we have to let go of all we love. I never realized why one spouse died shortly after the other after a lifetime of marriage. Now I understand. Someday, I would have had to say goodbye anyway. My choice is to grow into a better person as a result of indescribable loss. This is the fate of us all. Might as well accept it and try to grow from it. The alternative is to give up, and I’m not a quitter. The emotional damage of life is par for the course. We all must deal with it in one form or another. Although we sometimes might think so, no one is exempt from these things.