• @NathanielThomas
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    528 months ago

    Oh I’m fine with him seeing his grandkids but he has no empathy for my situation, considering it a dispute between myself and my ex. He even shares details from his trips to see them, as though that wouldn’t hurt me to hear about it. His lack of empathy is the problem.

    My mother, on the other hand, criticized my ex for the situation and was “cut off.” So, despite the fact I’m sad that my mother can’t see her grandkids because she, unlike my dad, did take sides, I feel like she had the empathy to stick up for her son and point out it the situation isn’t right.

    I will also mention my brother was “cut off” because of his close associations with me.

    • guyrocket
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      158 months ago

      I am very low contract with my mother and sister because they kept my ex as a friend after all her bullshit through the divorce. I put on a show for my son to have sort of normal family times at holidays, etc. but I mostly do not connect with them outside of time with my son. We are NOT friends.

      So, internet stranger. I understand the crazy bullshit that comes with divorce for a man.

      And it is amazing how quickly and thoroughly men are discarded after a divorce. Disposable indeed.

      • @NathanielThomas
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        58 months ago

        Sorry to hear that you went through that.

        In a perfect world I could have had an amicable divorce from my ex and everybody could have stayed in touch and been happy.

        Instead I had a “Michael Bay” divorce where everything went really explosive and badly. It’s sad because I see a lot of example – such as our own prime minister – who have a great divorce where everybody is respectful and mature and life goes happily on.

        I’ve tried to explain to my dad how screwed up it is that he maintains a relationship with my ex despite my zero contact with my kids but he doesn’t care. Actually, he went to my exes wedding with her new husband last month, which involved him flying to my city. He didn’t visit me, which is really the extra cherry on the shit sundae.

        • guyrocket
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          68 months ago

          Yeah, divorce was similar for me. I was discussing and considering collaborative divorce with my lawyer until I was served the restraining order…which I got dismissed. That started about 2 years of legal theater propelled by stupid amounts of money.

          You do find out just how selfish your family is when you go through a divorce, don’t you? And how little they really care about you.

          At a certain point I went “Bush” on family/friends: If you’re not for me then you’re against me. I still think it brought me back to some sort of sanity in dealing with people. And taking the trash people out of my life.

    • Neato
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      118 months ago

      You have 0% custody? Otherwise your mother could see your kids whenever you have them, right?

      • @NathanielThomas
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        168 months ago

        In “theory” or “legally” I have 50-50 custody. In practice, it’s nearly impossible to enforce visitation with older children. My kids were 15 and 9 when we split. Immediately, the courts said enforcement on the 15-year-old was impossible. I spent a few years battling enforcement on the 9-year-old but she soon also became unenforceable. At a certain point you can’t win if the kids also don’t want to see you or make your visit a nightmare by passively resisting.

        I was in the middle of one of these court battles when my daughter became anorexic and told the medical staff she didn’t want me to visit her in hospital. She was about 13 and that was the last I saw her.

        Legally, I am a 50-50 parent but in reality the only thing I’m entitled to do is pay their mother $1,000 a month.