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Here’s a story of a woman who tries to do the right thing for her child until her ex-partner doesn’t cooperate financially. She tries to be understanding but he repeatedly dodges her. Seeing no other option she’s forced to take the legal route having mixed feelings.
Co-parenting and Previous Agreement
The original poster, Gloria, is a single mother working hard to care for her baby daughter.
Gloria split with Bryan, her ex, shortly after her baby was born. Since then, she’s tried her best to have a decent co-parenting relationship.
A Father Who Makes Little Contribution
Since Gloria’s daughter was born, Bryan has only contributed a few hundred dollars.
Bryan earns about 100K, nearly half of what Gloria makes.
Splitting Daycare Costs
Because Gloria had a decent relationship with Bryan, she avoided taking the legal route to receive child support.
One day, Gloria and Bryan agreed to split daycare costs for their daughter 50/50.
Attempting a Discussion
However, Gloria had been the only one paying for daycare since their initial agreement.
When Gloria confronted Bryan, he mentioned he was “struggling a bit” due to increased cost-of-living expenses.
Financial Struggles and New Luxury Vehicle
Gloria was understanding and decided to give Bryan a chance to pick himself up so he could eventually help her financially.
To her surprise, Bryan bought a new luxury car shortly after their conversation.
Primary Caregiver Responsibilities
Gloria tried to have another discussion with Bryan fairly, but he didn’t budge.
Bryan told Gloria that because she doesn’t pay a mortgage, she doesn’t “understand the struggle.”
Losing Patience After Multiple Attempts
By this point, Gloria was upset.
She was the primary caregiver for her daughter and worked full time, while Bryan only spent one day each week with his daughter.
Seeking Legal Agreement and Child Support
After getting advice from others, Gloria decided to take this matter to court and request child support.
She had mixed feelings about her decision but felt Bryan was taking advantage of her wanting a healthy co-parenting relationship.
It Takes Two to Tango
“It’s his kid too,” one reader commented. “He had the chance to go the non-court route and do his part, and he didn’t abide. So now he gets a judge. End of story.”
“Your daughter’s father owes it to his child to adequately support her, and if he isn’t willing to live up to his responsibilities, then YOU owe it to your daughter to make sure he does so,” another said.
Making a Selfless Move
“That money is for your daughter,” a third person commented. “It’s selfish of you to deprive her of it without a good reason.”
Prioritizing Your Daughter’s Well-Being
Ultimately, Bryan was left feeling upset, believing Gloria would take most of his income.
Gloria tried her best to avoid taking this to court but saw no other option.
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