Our expert says:
There's no easy answer here, J. Presumably you do at least need to confront him and see what he has to say. You might well decide either to leave him anyway, or to insist that you will do so unless he stops gambling and starts proper treatment for gambling addiction with a good local shrink, and relinquishes control over funds to you, so that he would have no money to gamble with.
Do you know if this pathological gambling is a problem that has only started recently, or a long-standing problem which has only become obvious and revealed lately ? The kids need you and vice versa ; it's a lying, cheating, gambling wastrel who isn't needed by anyone --- dont punish the wrong person !
And don't hit the bottle --- remember, the bottle always hits back !
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