This week, I continue my interview with Jessica, Matt, and Steve from the podcast, "Husband in-law", where they get specific about how they've created a peaceful post-divorce co-parenting relationship. They are all committed to showing up in this co-parenting relationship to put their daughter first by building respectful relationships with each other.
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Your Hardest Family Question: My husband discovered he has a 32-year-old son and I have so many questions
Will I be wrong by asking the mother of his child what actually happened so I can hear both sides of the story? How do we tell our children about their new half-brother? How much does it cost to do DNA test to make sure that he is my husband’s child?
Steve and Jessica were happily married for seven years until Steve came out as gay which inevitably ended in divorce. Now, Matt and Jessica have been happily married for six years. The three of them have a co-parenting relationship and friendship. Sharing stories of marriage, divorce, the struggles of religious norms, homosexuality, and trying to be our best selves, they hold nothing back.
It may test our patience some days when we really crave productivity or purposeful, deep conversations. But, the light, seemingly meaningless conversations give family members an opportunity to invest in each other in a different way than you might think.
I have a young adult son, still at home, that we adopted as a young child. He had a lot of past trauma, and though we did our best to help him, he still developed borderline personality disorder and lies a lot.
I still love my ex-husband very much after 24 years of marriage even though he cheated on me with his ex-girlfriend and later with a family friend. He broke my heart. I remain single eight years after our divorce. I feel I will never meet my soulmate again. I would really like to dance with my ex-husband at our son's upcoming wedding this Fall. Is this inappropriate to ask him if he would dance with me?
My husband’s older sister was widowed two years ago. She has no children and no other siblings. Prior to this, she would barely give my husband and me the time of day. However, since being widowed, she had bonded to us like cement!