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Should I stay in a crappy marriage because of my two girls?
Posted by By: Dr. Laura Berman on July 26 2018
Hi Dr. Berman - Should I stay in a crappy marriage because of my two girls, 7 and 4 years old? I've been married for 13 years and my husband is 16 years older. One of the biggest issues for me is that he has drinks every night (5 + glasses of hard liquor) and we don't connect emotionally but we manage the logistics of the house well and he is a a good father. We had couples therapy for about 9 months last year because of his drinking and lack of connection but we didn't get anywhere. He thinks he did everything the councelor suggested but this is not true, starting with the fact that he didn't stop drinking. His drinking affects me (my mom had drinking isssues when I was a preteen and my parents were separated). Right now I'm in the guest room and I don't talk with him other than what is needed. I'm not sure this is healthy for the girls either So my dilema is about the girls. Everything I read says how divorce is the worst thing that can happen to the kids life.. I feel trapped between my two choices, divorce or crappy marriage. Now, what is this thing called marriage... maybe this is what marriage is all about, sacrificing ones idea of happiness for the benefit of the kids or spouse...? Please please share your insight with me, I really need some clarity, some light. Catalina
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