The kids seem ok with it. I had them tonight and they called her. Asked WW if he was still there. And when he was coming back.
I don't know why, but its one thing to go thru the whole shock of the affair, divorce, but now I feel like she is trying to replace me as their father....and of course he is playing all nicey nice with the kids to woo them over. My WW wants to marry him ASAP and then move out of state with the kids to live with him.... of course I'm fighting it but she can still live wherever she wants and then we get to horse trade kids thru airports the next 10 yrs.
Anybody else have anxiety over being replaced not only as a spouse, but a parent?
[This message edited by Frasierkev at 10:09 PM, December 9th (Sunday)]
I hope you have a good lawyer & and fight your WW for custody. Personally I think it's outrageous that she's thinking she gets to take them away from you & live happily ever after.
No personal experience here, but I've seen families where a "replacement parent" was attempted, and it's never ever the same.
They will love and respect and know you for who you are. You are their father no matter what.
My dad was an alcoholic. Spanked with a belt. I can't remember OM ever doing that.
He was still never my dad. After less than two years I chose to live with my dad. My siblings likely would have too except they were so afraid of losing mom's love. I never had it so it was easier for me.
Even when we had half siblings, none of us ever considered him our father. In fact, my half brother went through a period of time when he pretended our dad was his.
Its nearly 4 1/2 years later and our kids, her family and friends are having none of it.
Study after study concludes that having paramours around, especially immediately after separation is no good for children.
Go for full residential custody. Do it for your chldren.
Her: WW/57 Me: BS/63 24yrs M
3 great kids, now 22, 20, 17 b,b,g
D-Day 8/14/08, D 1/13/11
I never knew I had this many different emotions inside of me.
The only way he could ever become more important to them than you is if you let them disappear out of your life.
Thankfully it never came to pass, but during our separation, WW had intentions of marrying the POSOM, and tried to normalize relations between him and my SD. She was having none of it. Wouldn't even shake his hand. My heroine.
My son would have been easy prey. Glad it never came to that, because any psychiatrist worth a crap could have diagnosed POSOM as having Antisocial Personality Disorder. I've never been in the same room as him, but I'm told his complete lack of empathy is as plain as the nose on his face.
Also when the kids are with you keep YOUR rules in place. Yes, they will prefer disney Mom initially but over time they will respect the consistency you provide. My house is my kids safe haven. They never have to worry about another person randomly walking around the house. They can watch what they want on tv when they are allowed to watch tv. If/When I date it will be during the 2 weeks out of the month that I do not have my kids. My time with them is my time with them. Nothing has changed at my house. They have the same bed time every night which does not happen at XWW's house. Kids need the discipline, routine, and repetition even if they don't realize it. It's simple, at your house it's your rules and at Mom's house they follow her rules.
[This message edited by 7yrsflushed at 9:53 AM, July 29th (Tuesday)]
If she wants to move, she is free to go, but the kids stay with you.
Marriages that start this way, stepping over the bodies of loved ones as the giddy couple walks down the aisle, are not likely to last.
And he truly is, unsurprisingly, a POS. No kids of his own, lives in a small bachelor pad. Yells at my kids, tells them to shut their mouths (no excessive noise at his community permitted; it's not family-friendly and my kids are normal boisterous bickering 7 and 10 year olds).
They repeatedly beg their mother to move, "just the three of them," but she showers them with gifts until they shut up and behave for the few days they are with her. She tells my kids that POS is "in charge." They are frequently in Time Out or punished in some way.
Sadder than his treatment of them is the fact that XW permits it. This was never our world when we were a family. "Shut up" specifically was verboten. My children are gentle souls, and highly sensitive. My little girl wets the bed every night, and my son is torn between love for his mother and confusion at her behaviors.
That XW subjects them to this is greatly distressing to me. She has changed so much--but then again, not at all. Whenever the going got tough with them, she would always ask me to take over and handle them, and I would--with understanding and love (but of course discipline when called for). They were happy. Now they are in therapy, on anti-anxiety meds, their schoolwork is suffering...
I know she is trying to replace me and I know (and my kids know) that this can never be. But it hurts, badly. All I can do is continue to be their safe place.
What can I say: this shit sucks. Strength to us all.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
Make sure you get in your D papers that the receiving parent is responsible for paying for that part of the trip.
My atty told me I could move after the D was final, but that XWH and OW would get every school break and most of the Summer for visitation, is that an option for you?
I wonder if you can try to get primary custody so they won't leave w your children.
Your children will always love you most and first and know you are their Dad, especially if you see them as often as you are allowed. I am sure they don't want to move away from you.
That said, if it looks like it's a possiblity, you might want to do what my parents do,... They have 1 charge card hooked thru an airlines. Every purchase every elect, water bill is paid on that card and paid off immediately (write check to cc when arriving home). The miles are racking up on this card. If you did this beginning now, it's possible you could have enough points to see them every other weekend in their new town.
Lastly, can you relocate to be closer to them?