She Got Divorced and Bought a New Home with Her Mom and Son, but Then Her Ex Began Demanding His Own Key

A woman recently shared a story about a difficult situation with her ex-husband. She recently purchased a new house, and they share custody of a young boy. But when he requested a copy of the key to her new home, she was absolutely gobsmacked.

Divorced mom

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The woman wrote, “My ex-husband and I divorced two years ago. We share custody of our five-year-old son.”

New housemates

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“I moved out before the divorce and lived with my mom for a while,” she added. “Recently, I bought a one-story house using my dad’s inheritance. I moved in with my mom and my son very recently.”

Shared custody

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The woman’s ex-husband has their son on specific days. He often comes to the new house to collect the boy.

Odd request

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On one of these visits, her ex-husband made a strange request. He asked if he could have a copy of the key to the woman’s new home.

A reasonable explanation?

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The woman was uncomfortable about the request. However, the ex-husband explained that whenever he dropped off their son, she wasn’t home. He said he only needed to use the key so he could get in to make the son something to eat or prepare his bed.

Unnecessary access

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The woman told him her mom was there and that she takes care of these duties for her son. However, her ex-husband said he felt he should have access to anywhere his son might be.

Old conflicts

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She got upset and called him ridiculous. He got mad and accused her of being unreasonable. He went on to say that giving him a key was a “no-brainer” and that he couldn’t even understand why it was up for debate.

Things escalated

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The argument got heated. So, the woman asked her ex-husband to leave. He did, but the situation was about to get worse.

The ex-mother-in-law got involved

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Soon, the woman’s ex-mother-in-law was involved. She called the woman and made some bizarre accusations.

Out of line

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She claimed the woman was trying to limit her access to her son. She also suggested that the woman’s new home was meant to be a “common area” for everyone.

Taking sides

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The woman refused him the key. Next, her mother started arguing with the ex-mother-in-law. The whole situation had spiraled out of control.

Was she in the right?

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The woman didn’t want to give her ex-husband the key. She was upset that her happiness about the new house had been ruined. After all the fuss, she wasn’t sure if she was being unreasonable or not. She wrote to an online forum to ask for a second opinion.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “I would be very, very cautious going for it. It’s a huge red flag that he wants access to your house, and this is not normal between divorced couples.”

While another declared, “I’d tell him to take it up with the court. I’m pretty sure the judge will laugh him out because he has no right to demand a copy of your key just because you share a son.”

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