We've been separated for years, but I still don't want to divorce | The Sun

DEAR DEIDRE: ALTHOUGH my husband and I have been separated for nearly six years, I’m still reluctant to file for divorce.

I’m 52 and he is 55.

A few years ago, I realised things had changed. We just weren’t in love any more and lived very separate lives.

When I asked for a divorce in 2017 because I wanted to meet someone new, my husband’s mental health really began to suffer.

He was so depressed that he had to give up work.

After months of encouragement, he went to the doctor, who prescribed antidepressants.

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It’s taken a while, but he’s finally getting back on track.

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DEIDRE SAYS: Of course, you want to protect your ex, but you also need to do what’s best for you.

You deserve to be in a loving relationship and, in order to start something new, you would prefer an official conclusion to your marriage.

Gently bring up the subject with him again and see how he reacts. He may now be ready.


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