For more than 10 years, Marina Balmasheva, 35, from Krasnodar Krai, lived with her ex-husband Alexey, 45, and his son Vladimir Shavyrin. But then she divorced Alexey and married Vladimir last summer. Of her former marriage, Marina says it was “not living but pretending”. Recently, she gave birth to Vladimir’s first child, and is hoping to have more.
“Did I have regrets that I destroyed the family? Both yes and no. I was ashamed that I killed the stability of ‘mum and dad’. Did I want to return to my ex? No. Do I feel anger and hatred to him? Not any longer. He is a good person and a wonderful father to our children… How did children take the changes? Absolutely calmly. What [do I have] today? I am married. I moved to a bigger city. I love and I am loved.”
“We now share everything but he understands and admits that it is me who earned for our car and first mortgage payment.”
”We will have a child. Perhaps, more than one. I am hoping for a strong marriage, but it does not stop us from having a marriage contract with everything registered to me remaining mine in case of divorce. Why? Because we are together, but I am not his sponsor. Yes, now, while he is finding his feet, all expenses are on me… We know clearly who is earning what. I knew what I signed up for, and so did he. I will simply guide him and support him.”