Needing some advice and really don’t know where to turn.
In high school, I left the church. I met my husband when I was 23 and we went from dating, to living together to eloping within a year 1/2. He’s not Catholic, his family is Muslim. He’s not of any religious affiliation.
Shortly after marrying, he become quite verbally and emotionally abusive. Throw in a gamblin problem where he’s drained our bank accounts several times. While he’s never hit me, he’s pushed me and thrown things at me twice, once in front of our children.
I’ve tried everything to help our marriage, including marriage counseling and personal counseling. He’s gone to emotional intelligence camps and is currently seeing a therapist. The psychologist has come to one diagnosis, severe OCD and that he doesn’t seem to be able to have empathy for people.
I’m exhausted and feel like I have tried my hardest, given my all and exhausted all resources. I don’t know what to do anymore. I think divorcing might be best for my kids and for my sanity.
Is an elopement of two non Catholic people, considered a valid marriage?