To cut contact with exh even though we have children?(26 Posts)
Can you just make no effort to get in touch with him?
6 months is a long time to not see your children/your dad.
I really do feel for you OP
You need to get legal advice. Have you checked in the Legal or Relationships forums?
When you go to court the judge will want to know when he last had contact with his kids, and what methods he has had contact, and how much of an effort he has made.
If he has had plenty of opportunities, and you have months possibly years worth of email correspondence between the two of you clearly showing that he did not ask for contact, then I totally fail to see what you are worried about.
A judge won't care one whit what sob story this guy has. The judge will want facts and corroboration.
So yes stop contact. You're not obliged. The judge only wants to see that you have not prevented contact.
Can you set up an auto response to the emails so he gets a message acknowledging the email (so you can never be accused of ignoring him) but not actually responding to his complaints? I don’t see why you have to if its never about the kids. You aren’t his therapist or sounding board.
If he ever asks why you don’t respond just say you didn’t ask about the children so i didn’t see what the rest of it had to do with me. If he calls divert to VM and call / text him back if its about the children if not ignore.
I would state that in an e-mail so that you have a record of it.
Also, contact the new CSA thing to get him to pay maintenance. He should be contributing, even if it's £5 a week that your children can have as pocket money or out into a bank account for them.
He really is a self centred arse isn't he?
Of course it is! Why on earth should you have to listen to him rant about anything and everything now that you are divorced?
Have you kept all the emails saying it's too difficult for him to see the dcs?
And thrones when he says he will confirm but never does?
Keep it all just it case so you can prove he isn't doing much at all for the dcs.
And ignore anything else.
I've just blocked my ex from every avenue of communication....home phone, email, Skype apart from my own mobile. That way I can completely control how he gets in touch. He's a PITA, who sees the kids when he wants, arranges contact through them, not me...sends messages to them winding them up, and makes very unhelpful comments to them..which they often dwell on and are upset by. I've had enough. I advise you to do the same. xx
AFAIK you're not obliged to have any contact with him. I'd ignore his emails/calls from now on. Even if he got in touch asking to see the children, I'd want him to show some commitment first, eg a weekly letter for 3 months that you retain without reading to them.
He's already stopped contact with his children, you don't have to actively do anything as he's already done it. Four years! Four whole years!
Ignore any emails that don't pertain to the children. Cut off all other forms of contact. As has been mentioned, you just need proof that you haven't prevented contact. An active email account does just that, most especially if he's using it to wail and moan to you about non-child-related bollocks.
Going from what you have said he sounds extremely unlikely to be the kind of man to go through the courts to enforce contact. Contact which he patently doesn't currently want.
Good grief, yanbu. You are the mother of his children not his agony aunt, bank manager, personal assistant, counsellor etc. respond to contact directly related to the children (and then only when a response is required eg how are they getting in at school - reply, I miss them waffle whinge - ignore) keep your responses short, polite & relevant to his child related question only, everything else you can ignore, sooner or later he'll get the message
Yup, just ignore. He's unlikely to kill himself, unfortunately, tossers like this may threaten to do it but actually completeing the job and getting out of your hair would be a step too helpful...
Do you have a friend or family member who would be willing (and trustworthy) to screen emails and pick out only the relevant contact information?
If so I'd tell him that from now on if he wants to make contact he needs to email (email set up especially for this) and they will pass on his request.
That way you don't have to look at the wanky stuff.
Someone should start an internet business doing it.
In all honesty i'd completely ignore him. Even any mention of the kids. He's not really interested in them, you're not interested in him, what's the point?
I doubt he'd go to court, sounds like too much effort. Even of he did and got some contact through it you still wouldn't have to listen to him whine.
How old are the DC? Old enough to have their opinion taken note of in court?
You could send him an email explaining that he should only contact you by email and then only to arrange contact. Then, as others have said, ignore. Why would you be interested in the details of his life?
I would not contact him as this could spur him into making more regular contact.
People lose touch all the time. Just block him and if it ever comes to it say you changed your email address/mobile number/whatever.
It isn't illegal to block someone. If he really wanted to see them he could write you a letter so don't feel guilty.
dont answer any that dont pertain to the children he will get the idea x
Personally I would send one last email saying that
Unless you require direct information abou he children please do not contact me I have brought a pay as you go this is the number 777777777 if you need to speak to the children or arrange contact please phone but all calls or emails unrelated to the children or maintence will be ignored but logged.
And then do on engage
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