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:confused:Hello Ladies,
Allow me to start out by saying that right now i'm a mother of two beautiful children a two year old and a three month old. I am hoping for your help in assuring me what i've decided is the right choice and I need women who might know how to support me a little through my current choices. Now a little background as to why i'm seeking advice.

I got married when i was twenty to a man I've known for the last seven to nine years. We know almost everything about each other, however when we got married it started rocking the boat. My husband was immediately throwing himself onto craigslist searching the sex part to find people to sleep with. He says he never has and I trust him on that much. Anyways, I forgave him the first few times because I was pregnant. We made things work, however for the last three years that we have been married every few months (3-4) this "addiction" is thrown into my face and I find him back on the sites to find sex.

I will completely go with the fact it might be an addiction but it's been three years and he has not tried to get help.

I have left and taken my two children with me, I love my husband very much and want this to work out but I fear he will not change and it will just go back.

My question is will he change? does it sound like he'll just come back around and do it again? Is it the same as cheating if he isn't actually sleeping with these women?Should I begin divorce papers or just plain seperation papers? Also where do I find the strength to suddenly be a 23 year old single mother of two?

Any help, advice, or anything is appreciated.:confused:
 

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I'm wondering why a married man would even think it was OK to go 'window shopping' for sex partners. Why are you so sure that he hasn't done more than 'window shop?'

Presumably your H is, at least, striking up flirty online conversations with these women which, IMO, is pretty risky behaviour.
 
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I'm wondering why a married man would even think it was OK to go 'window shopping' for sex partners. Why are you so sure that he hasn't done more than 'window shop?'

Presumably your H is, at least, striking up flirty online conversations with these women which, IMO, is pretty risky behaviour.
I would not wantto think ill of him because he is my husband but i would not put it past him either. I mostly don't want to think he has done more then 'window shop' because I don't want to know the things he could have brought home to my bed. (I had myself tested just in case)
 

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OP, I think it's a case of deciding what you will and will not put up with in your marriage.

I don't think it's a case of thinking ill of your H. His behaviour is disrespectful to both you and your marriage. IMO, the only options are that it either stops, you walk away or just accept that he is probably cheating on you.
 

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Not a woman but I have to ask what is the frequency of your sex life with your husband?

Besides that he is being very disrespectful to you
 

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Just a word of caution.. what if he is doing something and you end up with an STD?

You really need to address this ASAP..
 

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It's not okay and you're not wrong. Even if he hasn't cheated generally "pictures" are expected on sites like that to even really strike up a conversation... Unless he agrees to individual counselling AND you two attend marriage counselling I, personally, wouldn't go back because it's going to happen again...
Being 23 & on your own with two kids will not be easy, but if you need it there's lots of help for single mothers. Idk what your work/career situation is, but I know at 21 if I were to leave my hubby I would have to utilize food stamps and housing for survival. One paycheck without training/career advancement is just not enough anymore =(
 

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Not a woman but I have to ask what is the frequency of your sex life with your husband?

Besides that he is being very disrespectful to you
We had a good sex life in my opinion. Fairly regularly if not nightly .

And thnak you ladies for your advice and comments.
 

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I think it was a really brave and wise choice to leave him. The rest is up to him. If he wants to make it work, he needs to commit to fixing things through counseling and completely staying away from seeking sex or flirting online.

If you start working on building a life and career without him, you'll be that much more independent and confident even if you get back together.

Wishing you the best.
 

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I am glad that you left him, too. It's nice that you think well of him, but he does not think well of you. You are a decent person and he is not. Decent husbands do not go on craigslist looking for sex in any form whether he actually hooks up with these people or not. If my husband did that, I would go ape sh*t, ballistic, and nuts. I would know that my marriage is in trouble and that he was a sleazeball for at least emotionally cheating on me. And you were still having sex with him so many days a week? The fact that you lasted so long with him doing this just shows that he de-sensitized you and had you wondering if it was even wrong in the first place.

You did the only thing you could do. Thank goodness you had the balls to leave. You didn't agree to that kind of a marriage. Do what you can now to be independent, get support $ from him, and move on. There are much better people out there who will love and cherish you and not use you as sloppy seconds or thirds.
 

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:confused:Hello Ladies,
Allow me to start out by saying that right now i'm a mother of two beautiful children a two year old and a three month old. I am hoping for your help in assuring me what i've decided is the right choice and I need women who might know how to support me a little through my current choices. Now a little background as to why i'm seeking advice.

I got married when i was twenty to a man I've known for the last seven to nine years. We know almost everything about each other, however when we got married it started rocking the boat. My husband was immediately throwing himself onto craigslist searching the sex part to find people to sleep with. He says he never has and I trust him on that much. Anyways, I forgave him the first few times because I was pregnant. We made things work, however for the last three years that we have been married every few months (3-4) this "addiction" is thrown into my face and I find him back on the sites to find sex.

I will completely go with the fact it might be an addiction but it's been three years and he has not tried to get help.

I have left and taken my two children with me, I love my husband very much and want this to work out but I fear he will not change and it will just go back.

My question is will he change? does it sound like he'll just come back around and do it again? Is it the same as cheating if he isn't actually sleeping with these women?Should I begin divorce papers or just plain seperation papers? Also where do I find the strength to suddenly be a 23 year old single mother of two?

Any help, advice, or anything is appreciated.:confused:
I am very sorry about this.

I mean no disrespect but you don't know "for sure" if your husband is sleeping with random women or not unless you are with hime 24/7.

He is either cheating or looking to cheat & this has been going on your entire marriage.

To answer your question about will he change....probably not without intense counseling & that might not even work.

Good luck & I hope you have family members that can help you.
 

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I agree that he is already cheating or about to cheat. This behavior will only escalate, in my opinion.

You've left him, which is good. He has probably been exposing you to STDs. (I know you want to believe he's only looking, but the statistical chances of it not being physical are very low.)

Any possibility of making this work, in my opinion, is serious therapy for him and very strict monitoring of his behavior.
 

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From my experience, I doubt he will change.

You can give him an ultimatum - go and find help and prove that you are invested in our relationship, or we won't have one. If he does seek help, then he is invested. If he won't, then he is not. Sorry, it's that's simple.
 

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Have a read at my story (link in my signature). My husband did similar things. You need to play hardball here - he is NOT worth being with if he refuses to get help.

I agree with the ultimatum.
 

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Your husband doesn't respect you, plain and simple. Without that, you can't have a marriage. It's taken me years to realize that. Get out while you are young.
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Yes, you made the right decision to leave. I think it's unlikely he will change without serious motivation. By leaving you have stood up for yourself and your children showing him that you will no longer tolerate his disrespect. I hope you have support from your family and friends to help you through this.

You ask about filing for separation vs divorce, you should meet with an attorney to get the best advise. Is he currently paying child support? Since he has proven that you can't rely on him I think you need to begin the legal process to protect your children.

I know you love him and want to work things out, but you deserve so much better than this. Please be strong, because currently he is not marriage material. When you are having a difficult moment ask yourself what would you tell your daughter to do in this situation.
 

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I'm praying for you, ScaredWoman. You've got a lot of decisions facing you right now, and I'm sure the implications of each of them are daunting. I agree with some of the others that counseling may be a good place for you to start - definitely on your own to get some insight into what your husband's actions may or may not mean, but also together if he's willing. It sounds like you've set some good boundaries with him, and I know that must have taken a lot of courage since you're shouldering the load of being a single mom with little ones. Hopefully you've got family and friends to help you out and give you some space/time to think and make a plan. What he's done is not something to take lightly, and a counselor could go a long ways in helping you see through the excuses. Don't know if you even have the time right now to do some reading, but there are some great articles for couples dealing with issues like this on a website pureintimacy.org.

Hugs to you! Stay strong, and fight for a relationship built on trust and faithfulness. You, and your kiddos, deserve it!
 
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