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Ask Amy: Not-yet-divorced dad wants to put a ring on it

Amy Dickinson, Tribune Content Agency on

Dear Amy: My marriage of almost 16 years ended three years ago.

My estranged wife is mentally ill, mentally abusive, and an alcoholic.

Since separation, she has been to rehab twice and spent a month in a mental institution.

I filed for divorce. My ex has been completely non-compliant to any sort of agreement.

I'm on my second lawyer and we are on our way to take it to trial.

After we separated, I met a wonderful woman, and we have been dating for two years (around the time I filed for divorce).


My new love is a single/working mom. I have custody of two children, so it's sometimes a challenge to spend time together, but we find a way to make it work.

I purchased an engagement ring nine months ago.

I really wasn't expecting my divorce to take this long.

I obviously cannot get married until my divorce goes through.


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