He Paid for His Stepdaughter to Go to College, but Not His Legal Daughter, and When His Ex-Wife Confronted Him, He Told Her It Wasn’t His Problem

A man recently reached out for some advice because his ex-wife was mad that he was paying for his stepdaughter to go to college but not his other “daughter.” Here’s what happened.

They had three children

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A 50-year-old man and his ex-wife had three children together: two sons (Adam, 23, and Chris, 21) and a daughter (Sophie, 18).

Only two were his

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However, only two of the three children were biologically the man’s, and he’d only found out accidentally.

She was two years old

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The truth came out when Sophie was just two years old. She had to be rushed to the hospital, and a blood test revealed that she wasn’t his.

They got a divorce

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His wife had to admit to an affair, and two months after that, the man filed for divorce.

He got shared custody

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The courts awarded the man 50-50 custody of the kids, which meant he had to pay child support for all of them, including Sophie, as she was legally his on all her paperwork.

He hated doing it

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The man said, “I was very bitter and resentful. I tried to fight it at first but, in the end, decided to suck it up to save myself the stress.”

He wouldn’t raise her

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Even though he had to pay, the man refused any further responsibility for Sophie and didn’t want to raise her.

He remarried

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After a few years, the man remarried. His new wife had a daughter, Katie. The man did all he could to take care of his new family.

They were very happy

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The man said, “I attended most after-school events, took my family on vacations, put my sons through school, and paid for their apartments and cars.”

He posted on social media

Excessive Social Media Use
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With his youngest son about to graduate college, the man joked on social media about how he was happy he only had one more kid to put through school.

His ex got in touch

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Not long afterward, his ex-wife got in touch. She said money was tight, and she’d appreciate it if he could pay for Sophie’s college expenses by himself.

He didn’t understand

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The man had no idea what his ex was talking about. She mentioned the social media post, and he explained he’d been talking about Katie, not Sophie.

His ex got mad

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The man’s ex was furious, saying that since neither girl was biologically his, he should pay for both or neither and shouldn’t play favorites.

He’d known from the start

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The man countered that he had known Katie wasn’t his from the start, unlike Sophie. He said that his ex had conned him, and he was still angry about it.

Sophie called him

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Later, Sophie called him to ask why he hated her so much. He said he didn’t hate her, but he wasn’t her father either. She became increasingly distant and depressed.

Was he wrong?

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Was the man wrong to pay for one girl and not the other, or was his ex-wife expecting too much since Sophie wasn’t biologically his?

The internet responded

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One person said, “As much as you want to deny that she’s family, no matter how you cut it, she is. That was your role in her life that you accepted when she was born.”

Another person commented, “I’m sorry for what your wife did to you; that’s unforgivable, but man, you are ICE COLD.”

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