Welcome to the GamCare Forum and thank you for sharing your post.
I am sorry you are going through a tough time at present with your husband leaving unexpectedly. From your post I get the impression this all has come as a real shock, understandably. I can only imagine how helpless this might make you feel and I understand you are trying to find answers. It is possible that gambling is behind his departure, however it is difficult for anyone to answer your question without further information.
I would recommend you focus on protecting yourself emotionally and mentally and maybe even get some legal advice around any joint monies and assets.
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Keep sharing and posting, whatever happened we are all here to support you.
Hi Byrned what a terrible shock. You will never know for sure. It sounds like he was someone with a separate life.
The best thing to do is take one day at a time. Keep moving forward. Don’t look back. You are your priority, look after yourself. Make sure all your finances are secure. Do credit checks.
Drinkers and gamblers are addicts. Escaping.
I know that this sounds harsh as we, you, are always looking for answers in situations like this as we want to rationalise it and understand it.......but your question is irrelevant and I'll explain why. Unless you get hold of his bank statements and see where cash withdrawals are made you simply can't tell. It seems like he was devious - but gamblers (me too) always are and he may well have been living a double life. We hide it cleverly and lie and are deceitful as that is what gamblers do.
You are understandably struggling with the reasons, the background to why he has left, and suddenly. You don't say 'we separated' you say 'he left' so I do understand this must be painful. You also say he left 'us' so I guess there are children involved and that being the case, if you approach CSA for maintenance rather than an informal agreement, you will be able to see what his income really was and from that deduce whether your family were deprived or not. But you may never know what he was doing with it. You will probably find out some other things about a separate life you knew nothing about so be strong and talk to your friends as it will get easier. From experience, and I hope I am wrong, there will be another woman involved too. I am sorry for suggestion it as I know it will hurt you and hope it is not true but it is very likely.
Its irrelevant whether he gambled or not except to your peace of mind and I really know how difficult that is.
Good luck and take care.