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StrongerThanIThought76 Wed 31-Jul-19 07:52:27

Kids are early and mid teens. I sent their dad a list of weeks when kids were available for contact in March, added another week and text him dates again in June. And you know, school summer holidays are usually about the same sort of time every year, right?

He has a history of not seeing them for months on end and leaving plans to literally the last minute (once cancelled as I was putting the kids in the car). Kids now travel independently to see him but I still have to get them packed up and drop at station and buy a ticket etc. Furthermore I had to involve the police with some serious allegations he made against me at the start of this year - we don't communicate other than about the kids (unless he's drunk then he barrages me with abuse)

So he calls the kids and says I can only have a couple of days off in the summer and it's on a different week to any of the dates I've given. I reluctantly agree on the proviso he confirms dates by text.

No confirmation text. And he's not contacted the kids to discuss plans in a fortnight. I've messaged twice to ask for confirmation and then to assume that as no confirmation is forthcoming to assume he isn't having them. No response.

I've been offered a friends appartment abroad but it clashes with the 2 days he has said he can have them. Kids want to go abroad with me, they've been messed about enough by him to have figured him out for themselves.

I have a residency order after much fuckwittery on his part 8 years ago refusing to allow me to take them on holiday so legally I don't need his permission.

WIBU to book flights and just go?

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user1493413286 Wed 31-Jul-19 07:57:28

If the kids want to then go for it; they’re old enough to be able to have an informed view and their dad isn’t exactly bending over backward to see them or take time off to have an extended stay.

surlycurly Wed 31-Jul-19 08:01:31

I spent years accommodating my ex who was like this- it's all control! Book the holiday. You've asked for conformation twice and he's not replied. It wasn't the original option anyway which is why you have asked to have it confirmed. He hasn't done so. His fault. I would make your own plans now and never accommodate him again. If the kids are free then he can see them, but don't prioritise a man who doesn't return the compliment.

Starlight456 Thu 01-Aug-19 16:40:51

I would also go . . What are you all going to do sit at home . I would stop offering contact and wait for him to contact you.

StrongerThanIThought76 Fri 09-Aug-19 19:06:21

Update. He messaged kids on Monday to say that he had to work next week so he couldn't see them.

Good job I'd not arranged train tickets eh?

Fortunately (after one final 'i assume you aren't having them then?' email) I HAVE booked a little trip away smile

Will not allow him to dictate to me ever again! Thanks for your advice folks!

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surlycurly Fri 09-Aug-19 20:28:25

Glad to hear it. Have a lovely holiday x

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