I'm new to the site via a google of advice on the above situation. My wife and I have been seperated under a "trial" for just over three months. The time away, for me, has really given me time to consider all the problems that caused the seperation and realise that there were issues but the only thing I now want is to get back together and try and work things out. Problem is I'm not sure she feels the same and am told more time and space is required. We're meeting next week due to pressure from me to discuss things but I am concerned I may be pushing her into a corner but all I am asking for is if we're in a position to start dating again and try and work things out or if her mind is made up and we can start planning things either way. I feel partly selfish by trying to set a date but on the other hand have been ill for the last few months and unable to eat, sleep and emotionally a wreck at work..
Advice welcome from anyone who's been in a similar situation,
Jay I really feel for you because I understand exactly how you are feeling. I agree though that maybe when you see her next week you shouldnt make it a conversation about the relationship, and instead just take her out on a date, talk about what you have been up to (without sounding needy or pushy) and then after the date drop her home. Give her a few days to think about the positive experience (hopefully) and then contact her again and ask to actually talk about things. I know how much you just want to talk and understand what she is thinking and what she wants etc but pressuring her to talk is only going to make you feel 10x worse - TRUST ME!!
Have you suggested seeing a marriage counsellor?
Are there kids involved?
Sienna, there are two young children, I am seeing them regularly at my rented home so they are relatively okay at the moment although both say they miss Daddy. It is confusing for them.
I may have already set next week up to be a cards on the table type conversation. This is purely on the basis that I have been asking her to meet up since November. I'm not expecting a reconciliation but more a where do we go next type conversation. I do have an inkling from snippets I have heard from her Facebook that she has already made her mind up.
Your plan sounds like a reasonable one, keep an eye on the kids to keep making sure they are alright, you can't control what she decides but you can get some idea as to what her intention is.
Keep yourself busy with things you like to do and work out it's a great stress reliever
Take one day at a time and don't expect her to think like you do
good luck and keep us posted and vent here if you have to
Definitely book the nice restaurant and take things slow. Often when we have expectations of someone, we end up pushing them away.
Do you expect this to be a do or die chat? If she hasn't made up her mind (which is possible, isn't it, despite what FB says?) are you going to throw your hands up?
Think about the issues that caused the break up. Have things changed significantly for the better on your end? Getting back together to work on it may not be what she's looking for. She may be expecting you to have "worked on it" on your own, know what I mean? Try to have some positive changes and success stories to talk about before you push the answer to your question.
Your intention of getting back together is a great one! She should feel loved and valued that you are so eager to be with her!
I'm rather a newer poster here, but I have a LOT of experience with marriage and infidelity, and I have a unique thought for you.
Often one spouse will say they want to separate and the loyal spouse didn't see it coming and responds with some degree of panic. Very typically, the loyal spouse wants their spouse to "have a relationship talk" with them and they long to hear that there's some hope. Yet the separating spouse feels pressured, and very often this pressure to talk and give hope does just the opposite: the separating spouse says, "See this is why I want to get away from you!"
Here's why. Whatever issues s/he uses as his or her justification for separating, SOMETHING has occurred that has caused resentment. Think of the love in your marriage as a fire: there are things that build the fire and make it burn brighter, and there are things that extinguish the fire and put it out. Well, for the separating spouse, there were enough extinguishing actions that they said, "ENOUGH! I'm putting up a wall around this so the fire isn't put out altogether!" or maybe the fire has been put out!
Soooo...whilst many other posters here (and you) might focus on the things that build love, that's not going to cut it in your separated spouse's mind. Too many extinguishers have built up. If you REALLY want to pull your marriage back from the brink of death, you can do it but it won't be easy.
To really win your spouse back, I would suggest NOT doing the hearts and flowers, don't ask them when or if they'll come back, don't beg and plead, and don't try to be romantic. That's adding kindling onto a put out fire and all it does is smother it. If you want to save your marriage, you can tell your spouse that you would like to save it and you're interested in trying again, but that you won't be pressuring them, you'll be looking at yourself and learning about what you did wrong.
Yep, that's right. Now, I'm not putting the blame on you...I'm just suggesting that you examine your marriage, be honest with yourself, ask your spouse to tell you what you did to kill the fire, and listen. Don't defend or minimize what they say because if they are willing to tell you, you will have some GREAT clues as to what did the harm. Also I'm not saying that their view is 100% accurate or true or clear or wise--just that it might point you in the right direction.
Armed with that knowledge, either by your separated spouse telling you or by you examining your marriage and being honest with yourself where things went wrong, begin to improve yourself. Don't concentrate on being romantic--concentrate on stopping the things that built that big old wall of resentment. In other words, stop being the cause of your spouse's pain! Once that pain stops they might warily give you a chance and drop the wall about halfway, and then you can do a little romantic stuff...adding just a little bit of kindling to start that blaze.
See if a fire is about to go out, and someone is dripping water on it, do you add a big old log? Nope. FIRST you eliminating the dripping water! Then you add a little kindling so the fire grows. As the flame gets bigger, you can add the bigger log (the smooshy romantic stuff).
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Don't talk about the relationship with her - it just never seems to work out that way. We demand answers and they either retreat or they don't even have the answers themselves. Just try to have a nice, fun date and make it something she'll want to do again with you soon.
Sounds a little like a commercial in the post above me, but I think AffairCare is giving some pretty solid advice.
I'm sad to say it's all over.. Started "meet" all about non relationship but wife said she loves me but isn't in love with me.. I gave lots of options about how we can spend some time together without kids but she doesn't want to. Ended up with her saying it's over so we're unfortunately going to split. I am absolutely devastated as I really am in love with her but she's not so have to accept her decision.. Hate her at moment but hope we can be friends again when I get over it. Appreciate that I have assisted the break-up but did everything I could to redeem the relationship..
Tough times ahead...
Thats pretty harsh by the sounds of it...
Was she not prepared to talk any more at all? Not even through counselling?
What has been decided are you going to stay seperated, or is it going straight to divorce?
Either way - keep your head up. I know there are going to be some really tough times ahead and you are going to have really bad days, some ok days and other days may even be good.
Just do things that make you happy now...see you friends, spend time with your kids, maybe even find yourself a new hobby. Do anything to distract yourself. And when you dont feel like getting out of bed to do any of it, make yourself! You will feell allot better after.
You cant make someone love you or want to work on a relationship - the only person you can change and control is YOU. So stay in control of you
My thoughts are with you