His Mother Refused to Pay His Daughter’s College Fees After She Stopped Visiting, but the Man’s Ex-Wife Had Spent Their Daughter’s College Fund 

A man and his ex-wife had divorced many years ago, and sadly, his daughter Sam had always prioritized her mother’s side of the family. Sam had recently been accepted to her dream college option, but unfortunately, she soon discovered that her past prioritization of her maternal family would catch up with her and get in the way of her dream. 

A Bright Future

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Back when he was still together with his ex-wife, the father always prioritized his children’s education, ensuring his son excelled at school and got into a good college. This was funded by the son’s grandmother, and Sam was due to receive the same.

Sam’s Success

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Sam also did excellently at school and was recently accepted into her dream college program. Whilst she too had a college fund, this was spent by her mother on a property due to the promise of full financial support from Sam’s grandmother.

A Shift in Priorities

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Sam had always been close to her father, but when her parents divorced, she started favoring her mother’s family over her father’s. “She always says there were just more people there and the food was so much better,” he explained. “Can’t really argue with that, but I don’t think an hour with her paternal grandparents is asking too much.”

The Turning Point

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Due to her lack of visits, two weeks ago, the grandmother decided to withdraw her financial support for Sam, feeling neglected and unimportant in her life. Whilst this was deeply unfortunate, the father couldn’t argue with her reasoning.

A Daughter’s Struggles

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Unfortunately, Sam now faced a daunting future. ”She will likely need to rethink her dream school and major,” the man explained. “On top of that, student loans will be an anchor in her life.”

A Request for Help

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After hearing this news, Sam desperately asked her father for help. “I certainly will when I can, but when her mother and I divorced, she got all the college accounts, and she stupidly used that to fund her house,” the man explained.

The Father’s Stance

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The father firmly believed he wasn’t responsible for his mother’s actions. He tried his best to reason with her, but unfortunately, she remained steadfast in her decision. 

A Valuable Lesson

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Sadly, the man had to explain to Sam exactly why she would no longer be supported by her grandmother. “I had to be honest with her and tell her that she brought this on herself for treating her grandmother less than the rest of her family.”

Sam’s Perspective

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Sam believed that this was deeply unfair. She felt that she was being punished for wanting to be with her mom’s side of the family, becoming deeply upset and believing it wasn’t fair that she should bear the brunt of this decision.

His Perspective

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Despite feeling awful for his daughter, the man firmly disagreed with her perspective. “I believe that she is old enough to understand the consequences of her actions and make decisions for herself,” he wrote. “As a parent, I have always taught my children to take responsibility for their choices, and I feel that this situation is no different.”

Seeking Guidance

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The man headed online with his woes, asking social media users whether they felt he had done anything wrong, or if the lesson he was teaching his daughter was indeed fair. “Forget all that,” someone responded. “The real issue here is that Sam’s mother misappropriated her college fund for a free house – that’s absurd.”

Blaming the Mother

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Almost everyone agreed that whilst Sam’s attitude and her grandmother’s decision were both harsh, the real problem here was Sam’s mother. “Her mom used her college money to buy a house,” criticized another reader. ”A lesson to others – put the money in a 579 fund so that it cannot be taken out by the parents for their own use.”

Learning a Lesson

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However, some readers still primarily blamed Sam for her own mistakes. “It sounds like your daughter was warned about the possible consequences and now she’s living those consequences,” one commenter wrote. “Lesson learned, don’t treat people like garbage if you want their support.”

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