So I have posted this here as the section is "parental responsibility".
Now my understanding of that is, you bring a child into the world, so you are responsible for them until they are an adult (18)????
Apparently not if you leave to be with another woman???
My ex has informed our son that the reason he does not pay any maintenance is cos he has no money. So where does this none existent money come from when our son goes over and is taken out all over and bought all sorts? Where does it come from to pay the rent?food?clothes?bills?booze?cigarettes? etc.........
Then he tells my son there is no reason that I can''t go to work full time so I have enough money to pay for everything!!!
I give up, this "man" is completely devoid of all responsibility, and narcissist doesn''t even come close..
Trouble is my son just doesn''t understand, and just sees going to dads is ace cos he spoils him and takes him out and has fun, whereas boring mum can''t afford to buy all these things and go out all the time, and nags him to do his homework and tidy his room, and lets face it what child wants to go shopping for boring clothes when days out are on offer at dads.....
I wish my son didn''t see his father, how awful is that to say, I never thought I would even think it. But he has never been there for him, has said some awful things to him, and now is just buying his way back into his good books. I could scream.
Yes we do have to put up with the strops and the moods.
Its a long hard slog but it is worth it in the end.
The kids do realise who was there for them all the time and they do see through the buying of affection.
I had a similar rant on here at xmas when he turned up with an ipad and a top of the range sat nav. One present each while i had to make it look like they had loads. The kids understood how early i had started getting them and it was really appreciated.
His presents weren''t the highlight of xmas it was an x-box game they played on for 3 days together.
So from someone that knows, once the kids finally see through them they do remember the past as well and everything just clicks.
Hang in there.
No its not all about money, but Perin doesn''t get a get a penny child maintenance towards her sons day to day living expenses, but the father is able to spoil him rotten when he sees him.
There is no fairness here Perin, but you have a choice, either end up bitter and twisted and allowing your ex and his girlfriend to send you crackers or accept that your ex is a complete wa**** and use him to your advantage, i.e. get your boy to ask him for stuff he needs, i.e. shoes, trainers, football boots etc.
Use the time your son is with his father on ME TIME - bubble bath, long walk in the countryside, go swimming, stuff that is cheap or free that makes you feel good.
At the end of the day material stuff is just that and is worthless, relaxation, enjoying beauty outside is worth so much more.
I read something Mel B wrote the other day about revenge, she said "make yourself bloody hot hot hot" - so concentrate on you and making yourself gorgeous!
And remember you have your son, he doesn''t and sooner rather than later your son will also see what a waste of space that man is and will feel sorry for him.
I am raising my children alone, and I also don''t get a penny in Child Support. I know how hard, and frustrating it is. My ex jets in and out of the country on a monthly basis, wears expensive clothes, but has no money?
He chooses not to have contact, so at least I don''t have to deal with him ''buying them''.
However, like everyone has said, you have the greatest gift of all. You get to see your child every morning when he wakes up. You get to snuggle on the sofa and watch films together. These things, money cannot buy. Rise above it, as hard as it is, what goes comes around. I bet your ex doesn''t have enough money to buy the relationship that you and your child have together.