A Divorce Apology Letter from a Woman to Her Ex-Husband


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By Jackie Pilossoph, Divorced Girl Smiling Editor-in-Chief


Ever thought about sitting down and writing a letter to your ex?  I’m not saying you have to send the letter, or even show it to anyone. I just think it could be  a very healthy and productive way to gain some clarity and inner peace when it comes to your divorce. Here is an anonymous letter that includes a divorce apology, from one woman to her ex husband.

Dear “Joe,”


I’ve been wanting to write you this letter for a long time.


As time goes by, the clarity of what happened during our marriage, through our separation and even after our divorce gets better and better.  There are so many things I’ve learned after stepping back and looking at the past with a more unemotional vision.


So, with that said, I first want to tell you that I’m truly sorry for many things. Divorce is never any one person’s fault, and while in my mind, I always blamed you, I now realize there are many things I could have done differently to be a better wife.


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Maybe I could have tried harder to help you through some tough times, maybe I could have been less selfish in some ways, and maybe I could have waited longer before I gave up hope and allow us both to concede.


And then during the separation and through the divorce. I said hurtful, mean, cruel things to you. At times, I badmouthed you to any who would listen. I’m really sorry. At the time, I was hurting, and I was angry and scared, and I felt like a victim.


I also made legal decisions at times that were made from anger and emotion. Looking back, I realize how unproductive anger really is, and how it can only cause people to make bad, even foolish, decisions. Had I been smarter and thought of our divorce in a more unemotional way, we probably would have saved a lot of time and money.


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After all of that, and even during those times, I tried to be your friend, and was then disappointed and didn’t understand why you didn’t want to be mine. Now I realize I shouldn’t have tried so hard, or even expected anything back then. There was too much anger, blame and bitterness for me to even think that friendship was possible.


All that said, the dust has cleared, you have moved on and so have I. I think that we’ve both managed to get on with our lives and settle into a post marital life that certainly isn’t perfect, but that is working.


So, what I was wondering is, moving forward, would you like to be my friend?


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Since I loved you enough at one time to marry you, and you loved me enough to marry me, do you think it’s possible to forgive each other, bury the past and start a new friendship, based on the little things we used to like about each other, combined with common interest we now share (our kids)?


As time passes, and I look back at what it was like being married to you, I remember some of the things that can still upset me. But I also recall the happy times, the times we laughed, and some of the wonderful memories we made. Can we take those memories and use that as the foundation for our friendship, not expecting to be best friends, of course, but just to develop a new relationship? One that includes great co-parenting and a sense of peace?

There will undoubtedly be times of frustration, just as there are in most relationships. But friendship is different than marriage, so unlike our marriage, maybe we can make our friendship work.


I will always wish you the best. Always. How can I wish anything else for the father of my children? And honestly, I will probably always harbor a little resentment for some of the things you did and the way you treated me. But I am constantly trying to focus more on the present and the future, rather than things that no longer matter.


The last thing I want to do is thank you. Thank you for giving me the people I adore most in my life. The people who are my life. Without you, there is no them.


In friendship,


Your ex-wife, “Linda”

* I do want to say one thing about writing a letter or about putting anything in writing, via email or text. If you are in a contentious divorce, or if you think there might be a risk that the letter could be used against you in a court of law, you might want to run the correspondence by your attorney (or just keep the letter to yourself). I know that sounds harsh, but it’s reality. What your ex might have appreciated in the past, might be taken and used in a completely different way during the thick of a divorce.


If YOU were writing a letter to YOUR ex, what would you say?


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9 Responses to “A Divorce Apology Letter from a Woman to Her Ex-Husband”

  1. Doug, Chicago

    “Joe” responds: “Linda” – … I’ve learned … divorce is never … one person’s fault. I said hurtful … things to you …I was hurting … was angry and scared … felt like a victim. I realize how unproductive anger … is. I realize I shouldn’t have … expected. I … recall the happy times, the times we laughed, and … the wonderful memories we made. I will always wish you the best. I am … the present. I thank you … for giving me the people I adore most in my life … without you, there is no them. – “Joe”

    “Joe” did not add or change a word from “Linda” … just made a series of deletions (guys thrive on fewer words), which helped him see more clearly: Learn, own, acknowledge, accept … and be positive, at peace, present, grateful and loving. I think Joe and Linda are both going to be okay. – Doug

  2. rex

    Joe’s reply: thanks for letting me know you haven’t changed. Appreciate your mind reading to let me know I’ve moved on. Also thanks for the continued blame and finger pointing. I.e. I’m sorry for how I hurt you. But you hurt me first/more.

    Have a nice life.

    Enclosed: restraining order

  3. Michelle C.

    The letter to her ex husband is right on point to where i am and how i really do feel about the whole situation. It gave me clarity and also is helping me with the acceptance part of it. Its tough stuff guys when loving someone so much and it had to come to an end .

    • Jean Renel

      that really true when you love someone it is so hard to see end just like that

  4. Trish

    I still love my ex-husband with every fiber of my being and I pray one day God will bring us back together. I plan on writing him a letter when I am certain I have forgiven all and I am able to leave it all in the past or my attempt will be futile. Maybe if the letter goes well I will post it. Until then, I pray and I plead with the universe to give me a second chance to love my soul mate again. I hope everyone finds a love like I had and they respect that love and they treat it like the most valuable gift you can ever receive.


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