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AIBU to expect my family to not contact my ex?

(29 Posts)
gomezabc Wed 29-Mar-17 17:07:16

Currently going through the tail end of a divorce, during which my ex has restricted my access to my children, been extremely inflexible on child care arrangements when they are in place, and has dragged the finances out far longer than necessary and been very vindictive in that regard.

I used to get on with my ex's family really well, however since the split NC from them (to be expected I guess - I walked out). But my family are still in contact with my ex on FB, messaging etc. AIBU to expect that they shouldn't be, that they should understand the hell I'm being put through?

magoria Wed 29-Mar-17 17:10:00

If they cut contact with your ex then they also will have much less access to your DC.

It is far better they stay on polite terms for your DC.

Patriciathestripper1 Wed 29-Mar-17 17:14:07

I know it may feel like they are being disloyal but in the long run it will be easier on the dc if ex and grandparents are amicable.

PinkHeart59156816 Wed 29-Mar-17 17:14:33

I don't think you can tell an adult regardless of if they are your family or not who they can and can't talk too.

Maybe they are friends on Facebook so they can see photos of the children, And talk to your ex as that allows them some contact even if minimal with the children.

When children are involved if you want contact it's better for all concerned to try and remain polite to a certain extent surely

MyheartbelongstoG Wed 29-Mar-17 17:21:15


Grow up.

SookiesSocks Wed 29-Mar-17 17:23:48

There are children involved so your family keeping in touch is understandable.

Try to see why they would instead of demanding they shouldn't.

willconcern Wed 29-Mar-17 17:24:35


BakeOffBiscuits Wed 29-Mar-17 17:25:46


Your relatives are thinking of the children. They are the most important thing here.

Whywonttheyletmeusemyusername Wed 29-Mar-17 17:26:53

When I split with ex-h, my parents still kept in touch with him, but didn't tell me. There was absolutely no need for them to keep in touch with him because of PFB - I had custody, they saw her through me, not him. When I found out, I asked them to stop, and they did. OP - YANBU

Whywonttheyletmeusemyusername Wed 29-Mar-17 17:28:44

Ah, wait, sorry - I mis-read it. I still don't think you are being unreasonable OP, but I now see that yes, they should have some kind of contact with your ex, because of DC

Somerville Wed 29-Mar-17 17:32:07

So, you walked or on your spouse, and think that as a result she/he and your family should instantly lose their relationship? Right...

Minime85 Wed 29-Mar-17 17:39:12

Why wouldn't they? I've been separated 4 years this year and still in touch with exh aunts, cousins and his dad. Think it shows a mature grown up attitude.

gomezabc Wed 29-Mar-17 17:39:16

Patriciathestripper1 is right - I feel like they are being disloyal to me.

Yes I take on board the "grow up" comments, I haven't told them to stop being in contact, I just feel like they are taking my ex's side.

I think it adds to my feelings that my ex's family have all gone NC with me. Why wouldn't they also keep contact for the dc's?

Minime85 Wed 29-Mar-17 17:50:21

Why did u walk out? Could that be something to do with it?

SookiesSocks Wed 29-Mar-17 17:53:25

Because you are not rp so no need to keep in contact with you to see the children. Plus you walked put so they may hold that against you.

Maybe they are taking her side if for example you walked out after having an affair but its more likely they stay in touch for the children.

willconcern Wed 29-Mar-17 18:00:49

Maybe they ARE taking your ex's side. Did you walk out suddenly, with no warning, had you been having an affair?

In any event you can'take dictate to adults who they can and cannot be in touch with.

BoneyBackJefferson Wed 29-Mar-17 18:04:09

So, you walked or on your spouse, and think that as a result she/he and your family should instantly lose their relationship? Right...

If the relationship was abusive...

Somerville Wed 29-Mar-17 18:06:20

If it was abusive the OP would have left with the children, surely.

StewieGMum Wed 29-Mar-17 18:07:04

It depends on how and why the relationship breaks down:. If you had an affair or were abusive, then you need to take responsibility.

Your children are allowed to have a relationship with your extended family, regardless of whether or not you are there.

HermioneJeanGranger Wed 29-Mar-17 19:19:24

Why did the relationship end?

corythatwas Wed 29-Mar-17 19:31:57

I am still on good terms with my db's ex. The way I look at it is, for years I was told that she was a member of my family, we bonded, she became a part of my children's life, to them she was their aunt, and then he walked out on her. Not my fault, not her fault.

I am not blaming my brother, but he doesn't get to take away dc's aunt from them, because that is a separate relationship that doesn't belong to him.

He also doesn't get to force me to take sides either for or against him- I didn't ask for this situation and I refuse to choose.

tomatoplantproject Wed 29-Mar-17 19:46:31

You walked out. Unless there is some massive story, that is a truly shitty thing to do to someone, especially if there are children involved.

Your family may well be feeling sympathetic towards your ex, ashamed of your behaviour, and want to stay in touch to see the children. If your ex's family are NC with you presumably they were having to pick up the pieces after you walked out and are not feeling kindly towards you. If your ex has the children most of the time they may well also have unlimited access to the children so not feel the need to be friendly towards you.

Time to apologise and mend bridges perhaps?

BoneyBackJefferson Thu 30-Mar-17 06:58:43


because its not always that easy or simple.

But we don't know what went on and the OP hasn't expanded on it.

xStefx Thu 30-Mar-17 07:10:24

You meet a partner , have kids and are all happy your parents get on with her.
You walk out, leaving ex with kids and expect her to be ignored by your family and them not have a relationship.
Bloody selfish man, me me me!

Spare a thought for your ex who Is parenting alone and your kids who miss their dad. Stop crying over your family being " disloyal" because they are not. Unbelievable

LadyLapsang Thu 30-Mar-17 07:19:11

You sound incredibly self-centered, you walk out and it's all about "the hell I'm being put through". Maybe your family are placing the well being of your children before any loyalty to you. Depending on your behaviour, now and in the past, they may not feel much loyalty to you and may have more sympathy with the position of your ex in trying to give the children the support and stability they need.

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