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Man Expects Wife To Raise Two Kids He Hid From Her For 3 Years, Gets Served With Divorce Papers
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Man Expects Wife To Raise Two Kids He Hid From Her For 3 Years, Gets Served With Divorce Papers

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Those looking for a long-term relationship often discuss (not) having children in the somewhat early stages of dating. That in no way means that one should start planning a family with a person they’ve been on three dates with; but having at least a brief conversation about it some more dates later might be a good idea.

That’s because people might have different expectations and it’s important for a couple to be on the same page if they want things to last. Unfortunately, for this redditor they didn’t, as her husband revealed he has two kids, which was something she never wanted herself.

When in a serious relationship, it might be necessary to discuss certain important matters, such as (not) wanting children

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This child-free woman said she will divorce her husband if he fights for custody of his two kids he kept secret

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The number of people who don’t expect to have children is seemingly on the rise

Nowadays, the idea of having children seems to be less appealing to adults than it used to be. Research suggests that fewer of them expect to have kids in their lifetime than before, and nearly 22% of the US adult population are choosing to be child-free. It’s important to note that unlike childless, the term child-free refers to people who explicitly don’t wish to have children, such as the OP, who clearly stated that she didn’t.

The research suggested that child-free people tend to face a set of challenges, as they might be viewed a certain way at work (for instance, their time might be considered “less valuable”, because they don’t have any little ones to rush home to), or have to deal with stigmatization and negative stereotypes from other adults both with and without children.

Researchers have delved deeper into where such stigmatization comes from and found that its main source is moral outrage over violating certain social roles and other stereotypic expectations. The expert leading the study, associate professor of psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, pointed out that “not having children is seen not only as atypical, or surprising, but also as morally wrong”.

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“Participants [in the study] rated voluntarily child-free men and women as significantly less fulfilled than men and women with children,” Ashburn-Nardo commented. “This effect was driven primarily by feelings of moral outrage—anger, disapproval and disgust—toward the voluntarily child-free people.”

Despite all the stigmatization and negative comments—as well as attempts to convince them they will change their minds—child-free people have their mind made up and typically are not planning on changing it. It seems like the OP is one of such people, as she has not only made up her mind, but taken action about it, too, by undergoing sterilization. As a matter of fact, sterilization is reportedly the most common contraceptive method among women in the US, based on 2017-2019 data.

In the OP’s case, there was more at play than the matter of raising children

But in the OP’s situation, stigmatization or comments about the decision to be child-free weren’t the problem; it was the fact that her husband hid something as significant as already having had children from her.

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A survey of over 2,000 UK married couples, conducted by a UK family law firm, found that roughly one-in-five people keep a major secret from their spouse, Huffington Post reports. The head of family law at the firm, Amanda McAlister, pointed out that people often think it’s many little things that end a marriage; but in reality, “It’s normally the case that one lie or one secret is the undoing of the whole marriage.”

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There might be many reasons people choose to keep secrets in their relationships, though, from shame and embarrassment—which seem to be the main ones, according to some research—to trying to safeguard themselves and the relationship. In the OP’s case, it’s unclear why the husband chose to keep such a secret—and for so long, too—but the cat that got out of the bag was simply too big for the redditor to ignore.

The OP provided more details in the comments

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Fellow redditors didn’t think she was a [jerk] in this situation

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Some time later, the redditor posted an update, revealing she was divorcing her husband

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tamrastiffler avatar
Tamra
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. So he lied about having children, then admits he only wants custody so that he can have extra money, then tells her she needs to "step up" despite her adamant no-kids stance. This guy is useless.

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Libstak
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If he thinks he can have more money and more fun while having the kids 50% of the time he plans to utterly neglect them. He is pond scum.

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aside from the obvious (that his deceit is reason enough for OP to dump this loser), in what world does this guy think that it is morally right -- and less expensive -- to take in 2 minor children for half the time in order to reduce/eliminate his child support expenses so that he has more fun money for himself? Clearly he would take them in with the intention of providing the bare minimum for their care. Also, he seems to be fine with sloughing off their care and expenses onto OP. Yuck! Good on OP for dumping him and getting the marriage annulled!

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Sonja
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because he planned for OP to pay for them, house them and feed them when he had them, oh and care for them too. So just as you say, planning to slouch the expenses onto OP

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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He waited until he had “trapped” with the marriage so she would have to be his kids’ babysitter while he took the extra cash he no longer had to pay for child support to go off and have fun while she looked after the kids, the house, and everything else. I will bet you anything if she’d stayed married to him any longer than divorced him, that he would try to get half of what she has, or at least a huge chunk. Dumbass didn’t realize he’d married a strong and independent woman who won’t let herself be trapped or let him take half of everything she has. She is lucky he sprang this on her before the ink was dry on their marriage license, so she could have it annulled and cut him loose.

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Tamra
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. So he lied about having children, then admits he only wants custody so that he can have extra money, then tells her she needs to "step up" despite her adamant no-kids stance. This guy is useless.

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Libstak
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If he thinks he can have more money and more fun while having the kids 50% of the time he plans to utterly neglect them. He is pond scum.

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Funhog
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Aside from the obvious (that his deceit is reason enough for OP to dump this loser), in what world does this guy think that it is morally right -- and less expensive -- to take in 2 minor children for half the time in order to reduce/eliminate his child support expenses so that he has more fun money for himself? Clearly he would take them in with the intention of providing the bare minimum for their care. Also, he seems to be fine with sloughing off their care and expenses onto OP. Yuck! Good on OP for dumping him and getting the marriage annulled!

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Sonja
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because he planned for OP to pay for them, house them and feed them when he had them, oh and care for them too. So just as you say, planning to slouch the expenses onto OP

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Tabitha
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He waited until he had “trapped” with the marriage so she would have to be his kids’ babysitter while he took the extra cash he no longer had to pay for child support to go off and have fun while she looked after the kids, the house, and everything else. I will bet you anything if she’d stayed married to him any longer than divorced him, that he would try to get half of what she has, or at least a huge chunk. Dumbass didn’t realize he’d married a strong and independent woman who won’t let herself be trapped or let him take half of everything she has. She is lucky he sprang this on her before the ink was dry on their marriage license, so she could have it annulled and cut him loose.

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