A man’s loyalty to his parents is tested when his ex-wife demands that they help her financially troubled kids, who have refused to see him or his parents for over a decade, leading to a difficult decision.
A Sad Start
At 29, the man got divorced from his first wife, who left him for a rich man and manipulated their kids to refuse to see him and his parents, leading to a court battle that made him accept he couldn’t force them to visit.
The man had always wanted a happy family life, but his first marriage ended in a painful divorce that left him with little contact with his kids and a manipulative ex-wife who made it hard for him to see them. He eventually met his second wife at a dog park, and they quickly fell in love.
Welcome with Open Arms
She had a son who was around the same age as the man’s son from his previous marriage, and his parents welcomed them all with open arms. They built a happy life together, and they had two more kids. His stepson was about to graduate, and everything seemed to be going well.
His Parents Helped Them out Financially
The man’s parents accepted them all, even paying off his house and creating educational funds for his three kids. Meanwhile, his ex-wife’s marriage to a scam artist left his older kids in debt, and her living with her parents. She accused the man of being a jerk for not convincing his parents to help her kids finacially.
They Hadn’t Bothered
A few years ago, his dad sold his company and paid off his house, as well as creating educational funds for the man’s three kids with his new wife. His dad thought that the older kids from his son’s previous marriage didn’t need anything since they hadn’t bothered to visit him or his wife in years.
Little did he know that the man’s ex-wife had married a scam artist who was rich, but not rich enough for her lifestyle, leading him to steal from his clients and eventually go to jail. This left the older kids in a lot of debt, and their mother living with her parents.
The man’s ex-wife recently contacted him, saying that his parents needed to be fair with all their grandchildren and help their shared kids out of their financial troubles. He refused, saying that it was his parents’ money to spend on the people they loved and who loved them back.
Was He a Jerk?
She accused him of being a jerk for not convincing his parents to help the kids, but he stood his ground, saying that both of their kids were adults and hadn’t made any effort to see him or his parents in over a decade.
Did They Deserve it?
The man was torn between his love for his kids, including his stepson, and his loyalty to his parents, who had always been there for him. He knew that his parents’ money was available but he wasn’t sure if his old family deserved the help.
The Internet Responded
One commenter wrote, “It’s not your money. And your ex and the kids made their choices. This is like getting angry at a will. It’s not supposed to be fair.”
More Internet Responses
This person posted, “Don’t fall into your Ex’s trap again. I understand kids being manipulated but at the same time your parents didn’t have much choice with either of them visiting or even greeting on special occasions. I would want my near and dear to enjoy my fruits of labor rather than some distant family member.”
A Final Response
This last person commented and had this to say, “As much as it isn’t the kids fault for being manipulated, it is on them to work at overcoming it. They need to recognize what their mom did and ultimately what it did to them. They still need to work to make amends. And for the right reasons, not just to alleviate their debt.”
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