On Thursday, I was required to sign a request from my husband that he “be awarded an absolute divorce from the Defendant”. It would be an award for him to have our marital bonds dissolved, according to the paperwork. But it’s just legalese, not to be taken personally.

I took our marriage vows and the certificate that made them official personally. When I gave his name, letter by letter, as we filled out our daughter’s birth certificate, I took that personally.

He’s requesting that he be awarded over half our assets. I’m trying to raise our child. Someone told me that’s just standard filing. God, I hope so, but he hasn’t called me to tell me that. But he’s Plaintiff now, so it’s not to be taken personally.

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