Most likely the reason you have this impression is because the poly people who are out and about are the ones who are 'hunting' and in the main they have more interest in the more casual relationships. The people in really long-term stable relationships aren't out advertising. They are just living.
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I feel excited to have found this thread!
I am currently in a monogamous relationship, but am super open to poly. Kinda wanting that in fact.
Right now, it doesn't seem possible, because 1) I live in a tiny town, not to many options here 2) I have health challenges and sleep 10-12 hours at night, so it doesn't leave much time for spending with anyone.
But, who knows...
Anyways, I mainly wanted to say hi and subscribe to this thread
as for me, I'm packing to go to rainbow gathering in another 2 days or so... I'll be there for 4 weeks, and I just found out my GF will be coming too!! well, I'm not getting my hopes *too* high up, in case something happens and she doesn't make it, but it will be sooooo wonderful to spend some quality time with her.
First of all, after reading this thread I realized that there are 'primary' and 'secondary' in poly unions. Neither of us finds that appeling. Is it possible for all members of a quad to be equally loving toward each other, equally envolved with each other (by the way, this is exactly the reason why I would not want to find an already existing couple, but rather two people who had not been together prior to meeting us).
I realize that I am a little late jumping into the fray, but I'm in a V-triad with my husbands RJ and Tryst. We started out our poly adventures with the idea that we were going to do the primary/secondary thing - with RJ being primary and Tryst being secondary - but that went out of the window with RJ's back-to-back deployments.
When RJ went on his most recent deployment, Tryst, with RJ's blessing, stepped into the role as my primary and father-figure to Eirik. It really made our relationship progress beyond what would normally be a secondary's relationship, and when that happened, we both couldn't see going back. After a lot of talking and discussion with RJ, both of the guys agreed to give being equal a try, and after working out some kinks in scheduling, we've all been pretty happy with it.
While I know we can't achieve true "equality" as I am legally married to RJ and only handfasted to Tryst, we have tried to be conscious of that. As soon as we PCS to a more alternate-family friendly state (instead of being in the buckle of the Bible belt), we'll putting legal protections in place for Tryst when it comes to guardianship of the kids, making medical decisions, being considered "family" in emergency situations, and the like.
In regards to quads and equality... I can't say much else about them without parroting much of what has already been said - except for adding our experience.
As I stated above, we started out with the idea that we'd have a primary/secondary dynamic with our other loves and limit ourselves to one other love interest. Perfect concept on paper.
When the rubber met the road, it got a little interesting. When Tryst and I started off our relationship together, he had a girlfriend of 4 months - we'll call her Bee - that he met online and with whom he started an online, long-distance relationship. These two had written, chatted, exchanged pics, etc. - but never met in person. Tryst floated the idea of Bee and him being primary couples, like RJ and me, and then basically doing a swap - Bee would be RJ's secondary, I would be Tryst's secondary, and because Bee and I were both bi - we'd play with one another and occasionally gang up on one of the guys. Again, perfect concept on paper.
While RJ was deployed, Tryst and I spent a lot of time together, and Bee got jealous, to the point of creating lots of intolerable drama. (Quite a feat for someone halfway across the world in Japan.) Tryst finally broke it off with her when he discovered that a lot of what she had told him about her history wasn't adding up or was never discussed until it was already an issue.
Needless to say, we've been very cautious of the quad thing ever since. But like everything in life - Your Mileage May Vary - and you might find the situation that you're looking for. I will say that poly situations don't always go as planned - in both positive and negative aspects. When I met Tryst in 2005, I had no idea we'd go from being acquaintances to ending up as we are, just as when RJ and I got married, I thought we were going to be strictly monogamous. Even in our poly adventures, I was hoping for a little fun with a secondary, instead I have 2 very devoted guys
My advice on being poly aside from the permutations of poly relationships?
- Be open to the universe and the love that's out there...
- Realize that, despite our careful planning and wishes, we fall in love with who we do and that's A-Ok - even if we may not think it's OK at the time. - -- Realize that love is messy, crazy, and a pain in the ass sometimes, but honestly worth it.
- Enjoy the ride
Due to the fact that both of my guys are in the military, we are having to name RJ (my legal husband) as the father of our upcoming baby Ninja, even though it is Tryst's because we don't want Tryst getting charged with adultery under military regulations. We plan on getting an amended birth certificate to reflect the child's true father once Tryst's military service commitment is completed.
However, until that happens, we do want Tryst to have some sort of parental rights on paper - for both Ninja and Eirik (my son with RJ).
I just wanted to introduce myself. This is my first post at mothering.com, although I've been a reader for years. I'm not a mother yet, but I hope to be someday. :-) I am polyamorous, and I do believe that a poly household can be a safe, loving, supportive place for children. I know it can sometimes be unstable, just as traditional, heterosexual, monogamous relationships can sometimes be unstable. It all depends on the individual people involved. (I suppose I'm preaching to the choir here.)
Right now, my relationship situation is that I have one wonderful boyfriend. He lives with his wife of several years. I would like, within the next few years to meet somebody to marry and share a household with. I will meet the right person when I'm ready. I probably won't post on the forum much, but I might pop in from time to time, so I thought I'd say hello.
Carolina, the best suggestion I can give you is to speak to a lawyer who specializes in family law. Laws vary so much from region to region, so it's hard to give general advice.
A girl I went to high school with and hadn't talked to since high school (6 years ago) but was a FB friend of mine messaged me about a month ago about watching her 2 children since she was separating from her husband. I've been watching them for about 1 month now and the girl is constantly texting me, calling me and talking for hours, asking me to do things with her, etc. I do not know her "orientation" and I don't know if she knows mine, but most people in school did. DH thinks this girl has a thing for me for a few reasons: she is asking me to do things that usually her husband did for her (help her grocery shop, check oil, etc), she is texting me things like "It's wierd not having you here" on days that I'm not at her house, and answering her door in a towel. Now, I can see it either way (actually being interested in me or just needing someone around after her husband is gone). And I am completely okay with either option. It's just been really random and out of the blue. So for now, I'm just being there for her and keeping my mouth shut. lol.
I started wondering all of this after hearing about the Sister Wives people possibly being convicted of polygamy.
This obviously isn't personal, I'm just curious and I thought who better to ask than the Poly Families board? (And I know that polyamory does not automatically equal polygamy)
As far as polygamy laws, if you are in a place with common-law relationships, then you are technically practicing polygamy if you live with two lovers. I live in Canada and I know that here it's not really prosecuted, except in the case of cults in which under aged girls are forced to marry. A person's not really in danger of getting arrested, but it is technically illegal here.
it was AWESOME!!!
I was somehow sluttier than I've ever been in my life - I decided to completely do away with the dishonest veil of shyness and just be really out and open. I think I had 5 "playmates" over the course of 3 weeks
the last of which I'm totally in love with - she's coming up here for a visit maybe later in the month.
Thought I'd bump the thread...
DP is having issues with SAD, so he is clingy with me and aloof with his gf. Which makes it weird for me, especially as I have a former acquaintance who is brewing into something more. Finding the balance is going to kill me (if college, work and mommyhood, doesn't first).
sounds challenging indigo! has your DP looked into things like supplements or lighting to help with the SAD? I don't really know much about it, living in sub-tropical australia, but I'm sure I've seen threads around on natural ways to support through it.
meanwhile, my beloved that I met at rainbow will be arriving here sometime in the next day or 2 (she's hitchhiking from a town a few hundred miles away), and DP is starting to freak out about it a bit. We're hosting a rainbow scout council at our house and there's a festival on in our village this weekend, so it's likely there's gonna be about a dozen hippies staying in our home, and things might get a bit crazy. :nut
that, and a woman I met on another forum, but who lives about 1500mi away is planning to fly down and stay for a weekend next month. She's new to poly and bisexuality and curious about it all so it should be interesting to see how that works out. anyway should be fun for a couple of days.
I'll look into it, however dealing with JAG would make me nervous because I don't want Tryst getting nailed for having a relationship with a married person. Due to the not-so-progressive attitudes in the area in which we live, we've decided to hold off on consulting with legal services until we are in a better area - like the Seattle-Fort Lewis area or we make a trip back up to Madison, WI on one of our trips home.