Have we been played for fools?

(71 Posts)
JDHoney Thu 26-Dec-13 20:35:29

V long story short, DP's XW broke all communication for the past 11 years until DP's DD and DS were adults. They have been in contact now for one year.

DP's DS is more forthcoming. Dp's DD is much less so. Occasional emails from her (about 6/7 or so this year, her choice not to progress to phone calls/meets). Aside from responding to DP's emails this year, DP's DD sent a completely-out-of-the-blue father's day email wishing him a lovely day.

A few days before Christmas she sent an email hinting at money worries (her family is very monied, but we are assuming she is having to make her own way). We replied, part of which was asking for rough numbers re debts. She replied the same night (unprecedented) and vaguely hinted at a figure that would be of great benefit to her. We spent a few hours going through our finances and working out a way to get this to her. Replied by email to say (among other things) that it was on its way to her. Her signature confirmed she received this the day before cmas eve.

Since then we've heard nothing from her. fb intimates she may have been at a family gathering we had been told she couldn't attend. Have we been played for fools do you think?

JDHoney Thu 26-Dec-13 20:36:06

Sorry, AIBU to think we have been played for fools, it should say.

Maybe she didn't get the email yet? Can't you just send her a message and ask her if she received the money??

(I like to see the best in people, but only you really know if this is typical of her character)

Did he pay maintenance all those years?

No, you were foolish anyway.

What on earth possessed you to send another adult you barely have contact with a substantial sum of money?

confused

Coconutty Thu 26-Dec-13 20:40:18

Did she not thank you for sending it?

ashtrayheart Thu 26-Dec-13 20:40:41

Why did the xw break contact? Did he fight to see them?
Aside from that yes probably, was it a very large amount?

JDHoney Thu 26-Dec-13 20:40:53

porkpie she got the email, and signed herself for the special delivery parcel containing the cheque. I like to see the best in people too, so am trotting out the most amazing lines!

buffy yes, thank you, he paid over and above, from day 1.

I don't know why you are thanking me for asking a question. How strange.

Oh. If she got it then no excuse not to send thanks. Sadly I think she has showed what her interest in contacting her Dad was. sad

JDHoney Thu 26-Dec-13 20:45:17

sorry, more posts since I sent that last one.

Laurie because she is DP's DD. She said she was in debt. DP has been in debt and knows what it feels like. We would do anything in our power to make sure his DS and DD don't have to go through that.

coconutty we've heard nothing since her last email saying the amt she was in debt by. I sent the parcel (extra xmas pressie because she's short of money, plus cheque) by special delivery so could see who had signed.

ashtray 1) I don't know, she wouldn't talk to us - changed phone nos, wouldn't answer correspondence. 2) He did, as much as money would allow. We couldn't afford to go through the courts. It was £450, which is a large sum to us.

Thanks for your responses x

Coconutty Thu 26-Dec-13 20:46:03

Ah, think you've seen the last of that money then.

FreudiansSlipper Thu 26-Dec-13 20:46:56

well if their relationship has only been about money what really do you expect, he paid maintenance (more that he should have) but not played a role in his dd's life

Coconutty Thu 26-Dec-13 20:47:21

Was it a gift or were you expecting it to be returned when she was in a position to do so?

Yes. You've been played as fools.

Don't give her any more money. Ever.

MidniteScribbler Thu 26-Dec-13 20:47:47

What exactly are you teaching her by paying off her debt for her though? She'll just run up more debt then come and play nice until you give her more money.

JDHoney Thu 26-Dec-13 20:48:12

Last comment to coconutty I didn't mean I sent them SD in order to see who had signed, I just meat they had been sent SD, so later on when I checked I saw who had signed.

Only give what you are prepared to spare. Physically and emotionally.

Did your DP hope that giving the money would bring them closer?

Are you saying there was an excellent reason for the debt then?

Because debt is normal amongst the young - student loans etc.

You've still given someone you don't really know all your money confused

But if you can afford it that's fine obviously.

JoyceDivision Thu 26-Dec-13 20:48:31

Buffy, think op was just using good manners that you had repliedto her post when thanking you.Think its a bit hmm to pull her up as strange for it.

Upcycled Thu 26-Dec-13 20:49:31

Yes, I am sorry. It is about money not building a relationship in my opinion. but maybe later when she is much more mature, a lovely relationship might blossom.

£450 is cheap to find out you don't matter.

sad

scaevola Thu 26-Dec-13 20:50:20

Yes, she might be trying it on.

But did she receive regular maintenance? If not, she might not know what sort of payer he is, and might be waiting until the cheque clears.

joyce, well, I gathered it was slightly more sarcastic than your interpretation. I don't see her thanking anyone else. I have assumed now it was a snotty way of saying yes.

Can you stop the cheque?

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