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Dad’s troubles with a sociopathic ex-wife

A Lovefraud reader, whom we’ll call Joe, recently sent the following e-mail. Joe’s ex-wife has custody of their daughter, whom we’ll call Suzie. The ex-wife is clearly using the child to sponge off of Joe.

My daughter’s mother always wants to control me and our daughter. I’m sure you’ve heard of these types of cases before. My daughter’s mother is constantly trying to use my daughter against me to control me like a puppet. I was with my ex for a period of years before our daughter was born, so I blame myself for seeing some of the signs, but not leaving.

I see some change in my daughter’s behavior as of late, so I’m a bit concerned. When I have her, she doesn’t want to go home and every time I drop her off after my custody days, she clings on to me for dear life. My daughter and I do so much together, but when she’s with mom, she sits around the house and does nothing. Would this affect her behavior?

Suzie is starting to say things like, “Mommy says that she doesn’t like you, Dad,” and “Daddy, Mommy says that we’re not family.” My daughter used to call me all the time and now the phone calls have stopped and when I do talk to Suzie, she says “Daddy, I have to talk to you later.”

I’ve done the attorney thing time and time again, but just when I think things are going well, my ex somehow cons the attorneys into believing her stories. It’s amazing! My ex is never wrong and always blames others for her downfalls. My ex has a four-year college degree, but continues to live off of my child support and use the system. She won’t go out and get a real job, and whenever I try to inquire about anything pertaining to Suzie, she’s always two steps ahead of me. I feel as if I’m the bad guy when I check up on Suzie’s welfare at school, the doctor’s offices, the dentist office. I pay almost one hundred percent of my daughter’s care, so what rights do I have?

I keep pretty good notes, but feel like I should just hire a private investigator to cover me just in case. I’m a peace officer, so I have everything to lose. My ex has already filed false police reports and a false restraining order in the past, in efforts to prevent me from seeing Suzie. My ex has burned so many people that recently someone vandalized her new car. I’m worried about Suzie’s safety, so what do you think I should do to put myself in a better position? My ex already has my social security number etc., so how can I change some things?

Sociopathic parasite

This letter is so typical of what Lovefraud hears about sociopathic women who are essentially parasites. They get pregnant—with or without marriage—and use the child to sponge off of the father for as long as possible.

Sadly, children are nothing more than meal tickets for these women—and those are the best cases. Some situations are worse. The sociopath may emotionally damage the child, trying to turn him or her into a manipulative mini-me. In the most despicable cases, the children are exploited.

I don’t know what Joe’s ex-wife might do, but he is right to be concerned about his daughter. The fact that Suzie doesn’t want to go back to her mother is a big clue that, at the very least, the mother is creating an unhealthy emotional environment.

Love and documentation

But what can Joe do? Courts are unlikely to take the child away from the mother, unless she does something terrible and it can be proven. That may not happen. Sociopaths are skilled at going up to the legal limit but not crossing it. They know just when to stop so they can keep the gravy train chugging.

Here’s what I wrote to Joe:

You may want to try to get more time with your daughter. This, of course, will be extremely difficult, because your ex will lie, file more false reports, etc., to keep her meal ticket. You are right to keep notes. In fact, you should document everything that happens in case you ever want to try to get custody. You should also continue to get your information directly from the schools, etc. Do not let the woman cut you out of your information.

Hopefully, providing Suzie with as much love and affection as he can will help Joe counteract the negative influence of the sociopathic mother. And if the woman really starts to become dangerous, his documentation will help him save his daughter.



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Oh man, this story is exactly what would have happened if my father had divorced my S stepmother. I guess that’s why he chose to stay with her all these years. He must know that she would be able to cut him out of the kids’ lives while getting some serious child support that he would definitely pay because he is trustworthy. It is almost impossible for a man to get full custody of the kids unless the mother is visibly crazy. Unfortunately, my s stepmom is covertly crazy. It’s not enough.

I respect this guy for having the guts to leave the s because yes, if he had stayed, he might have had a little more time with his kids but at what cost? I’m not so sure it’s worth it. My dad is constantly drained from dealing with her crazy making and doesn’t have energy for anything else.

I can only hope that the kids realize with time that their mom is an s. I have never said a word against her in their presence, although she has told them horrible things about me. I think that with one parent who is there to love them unconditionally and make sure they know they are not to blame for anything, they have a good chance of turning out to be normal adults.

This is such a common story with the “normal” parent of a child born of a sociopath and another person. The S uses the child as a “club” to hit the other parent with, of course, injuring the child in the battle for control over the X spouse.

It is so sad, and I am sure painful to the other parent to see that the child is suffering and there is not a great deal the good parent can do.

The advice given to the father I think is good advice, but I would also counter that when the child comes and says things that she has obviously heard from the mother, he might consider things like “Yes, dear, I know your mother doesn’t like me very much right now since the divorce. She is angry at me right now, and I understand that. Sometimes when people become angry at another person they say or do bad things. Anger is not an excuse to do bad things, but I do understand how she feels. I hope that she will resolve this anger and that she and I can be friends. I am your dad and I will always love you, even if I am angry at you, I will never quit loving you.” etc.

It is also obvious that the little girl is getting the idea already that she can’t “talk” to her father without getting a ration of crap from her mother. I think the father should also validate the child’s feelings on this by maybe saying, “I love you, and I think that sometimes when you talk to me on the telephone it upsets your mother. You do not have to choose between me and your mother. It is okay with me for you to love your mother even though we don’t agree on things. Just because she is mad at me doesn’t mean that I am angry with her or that I want you to quit loving her.”

So many times the Ps do the SPLIT between the other parent and put the child in the MIDDLE. If you love me you can’t love your father, or vice versa. I think it is so important for the child to know that they do NOT HAVE TO QUIT LOVING ONE PARENT in order to please the other one.

I have the greatest amount of empathy and compassion for the parents of children born with anothe rparent who is a P. Having to stay i n contact with the P and also try to defend their young child from the VENOM of the P, must be the most heart rending scenario that I can even imagine.

Joe’s story is similar to mine – in reverse. My 9 year old daughter’s father has dragged me through the courts 5 times in 6 years. Each case has involved hundreds of pages of documents that I have to answer, repeated submissions of ‘new’ evidence that I have to answer, and many days in court at a cost to me of over $100,000, most of which I’ve borrowed. This was to make small changes to arrangements I’d already agreed to. In some cases, he reduced the amount of contact I had proposed – yet constantly accused me of refusing to let him have a relationship with her.

Yet when she is with him, he spends much of the time playing computer games or watching TV. She is very lonely. She begged him for a pet and he promised to get one for 3 years, even taking her to pet shops to choose one, but there was always a reason why he couldn’t get it then. He finally told he she couldn’t have a pet because I had reduced the time she spends with him – the opposite is true.

He constantly puts her down and accuses me of not caring about her. He changes the access arrangements at the last minute and when I say I’m not available or can’t get to changeover that quickly, he tells her that I don’t want her.
There are many petty actions to make my life difficult. Clothing goes missing and is returned months later when she’s grown out of it. Lunch boxes are never returned. He insists that I have to provide lunch for her, even when he takes her to school after contact visits, because he can’t be bothered and she’s my responsibility.

Yes, it does affect her. She had frequent nightmares from age 3 to age 8 and still needs frequent reassurance from me. After extended holiday contact with her father, she returns very clingy and sleeps in my bed for a couple of nights until she settles down. She is very easily frustrated and is very hard on herself.

I agree wholeheartedly with Ox Drover’s suggestions. It is very important to support the child and build up her self-esteem to counteract all the put-downs and criticisms received from the S parent. It is important to support the child’s relationship with the other parent because they do love them, despite the way they are treated.

My daughter is starting to make critical comments about her father – his meanness, his neglect of her, his cruel comments. She now recognises that her father lies to her and sometimes she checks things with me to confirm that what she thinks is really true. It’s really hard to respond in those circumstances because I don’t want to lie to her (her father is already doing that) but I don’t want to be negative about her father. I’m also scared that she might say something to him that can be twisted and turned into yet another excuse to drag me back to court.

Yarra,

My sympathy and empathy for you and your daughter. I wish I had a magic wand to wave and make him become the ideal father to your daughter, who deserves at least a reasonable one, but unfortunately there’s no “magic wand.”

I was speaking with a dear friend of mine whose son is a P and her ex husband is a P. After the son’s first divorce, hhis mother raised the child from age 1 to age 8–he is a fireman and works 24 on at a time…then he remarried to the “typical” N woman who was looking for a meal ticket. She was hateful and nasty to the dtr, but he insisted the dtr stay with the “wicked step mother” instead of the grandmother who had raised her, in fact, almost disallowed contact with her grandmother. The mother of this poor child is apparently a borderline personality disorder, but the grandmother cult6ivated a relationship with the mother in an effort to get ANY contact with the granddaughter.

It is sad really because this little girl is apparently so loving and sweet and with a P father, a BDP step mother (who now has her own child) and a BPD mother, this child is caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. For the past 4 yrs the grandmother has done everything imaginable to maintain the bond between her and her granddaughter, even volunteering at the child’s school in order to be able to see her at all. Fortunately, the bio-mother of the child is letting her see the little gir on her own visitation times. The child does not want to be either with her father or her mother, but with her grandmother who has been her primary caretaker from almost birth.

How the Ps and BPDs use the children as weapons to “hit” out at others. My friend is finally starting to see that the problem is her SON not the women he marries….his rage is against his mother, and he is using his daughter to “pay back” whatever N-injury he perceives his mother has dealt him.

I’ve known this family for 3-0+ years and out of my friend’s 11 children, all of whom are very bright and successful in their careers, six are some form of personality disorder and the others appear to be well adjusted. Her x husband was an alcoholic P, who is now deceased.

The stories of the family read like a soap opera with the personality disordered ones and their multiple marriages, and so on. None picked up the alcoholism, but the boys seem to be pretty much like their father in most other ways.

It is like you could write all this down and make a play and just vary the names and faces, and it would be from the “P-Script Book” that they all seem to play by.

I don’t know how old your daughter is, but I would suggest that you find some way to VALIDATE her feelings that will be difficult to twist for a court appearance. I am sort of at a loss to what that could be..like maybe “I’m hearing that you’re upset with your father for telling you XYZ (a lie) I can understand that we all get upset when we feel like we have been deceived. (Or when we think someone breaks a promise to us, etc). Then reassure her that you will not deceive her or break a promise unless you explain toher why you had to break the promise and that you will make it up later. Like if you have to break a promise to take her to the zoo because your car gets sick or something,, just explain it to her and then take her the next week or wahtever.

I am sure the pet thing with her father is upsetting, maybe you could get her a turtle or gold fish or hamster or some small pet, Hermit crabs are cute for kids too, or a small bird. Something inexpensive, clean and quiet. If you can have a cat, they are quiet, clean etc. and free most of the time.

You might also acknowledge that her dad is angry at you and may say some things negative about you, but that you understand this, and that while you don’t think saying negative things or name calling is appropriate behavior that you do understand why some people do this, but that you would prefer not to. It is a dance I know, but kids are NOT dumb, they catch on to who is honest and who really loves them. Good luck and God bless.

There is a ray of hope. Circumstances are not identical, but I have learned much from it. She was the breadwinner, my career stalled and I ultimately stayed home with my children for several years because she made A LOT of money and loved playing with the corporate boys and all the attention in such a high level career. I had to be there for my children, so my career suffered as I did the majority of parenting. She could also buy anything she wanted. She initially screwed me in divorce negotiations on child support and maintenance. All through manipulation. But after a subsequent custody trial, the judge made good, he possibly may have been punitive to the ex because of her lies in affidavits and in court which my attorney expertly exposed.

Her fatal flaw… She moved away, then sought custody. She also doesn’t possess the mother gene.

I would recommend getting your child in therapy. Not that she needs it, but a good therapist will document everything you have to say about what the mother is doing to the child, which can be used in court.

My childrens’ therapist and the parenting consultant pretty much sealed my custody case for me in their testimonies. My ex is not a fit parent, but the judge wants the children to spend time with their mother. She uses the children (her ornaments) to beat me up at their expense.

Its tragic, it is very costly to continue to fight, and utilize a parenting consultant and therapists. But this is the only way I can continue to have what is right done and set in stone so my ex doesn’t walk all over me.

Good luck!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,588247,00.html?test=latestnews

Interesting story. It’s all a case of she said – he said, back and forth mudslinging with no clear picture of who’s evil, until she solicits a hit man to off him.

If you’ve ever tried to defend yourself against the lies of a sociopath or narcissist, then you understand this story all too well. If she hadn’t been caught ordering her ex-husband’s murder, most people would probably still be thinking that he was the bad guy in their divorce.

I too was a victim by my Ex-wife. She got me to marry her rather fast and after the wedding I knew I made a mistake. she cheated constantly and even got pregnant by 3 different men while married to me. She had dog,horses and goats die on our property and even before burying the horse she skinned it and cut off it’s tail in front of my then 5 yr old daughter. She has been on ecstacy,huffing gas,pot,crack and coke. she will convince she is the biggest christian you ever met. she took my 12 year old out of school for home schooling that my daughter is not doing she is to busy running my Ex’s pet shop while my ex runs around town.I have overpaid my child support and now am being told to civilally sue her but she wont ever pay..she has hit me and even told me that I had better beat the Sh*t out of her because either way am going to jail. she married another man and still carries my last name and no one cares and am sure it is for fraudulant reasons…Any suggestions??? by the way me and my fiancee took her to boston for a week within that week my daughter explained that vibrators do not get you pregnant to my 70 plus parents,birth control methods,when she ate she had food all over her face in her hair down her back and even ate ice cream off of a dirty picnic table,she told my family that her mother took diet pills and they dont work so now she injects diet medicine and even has to go to a Dr to make sure she is taking the medicine and selling it on the street…Im sick if I tell the PD she will say I made it up. My daughter is becomming as bad as her mother and I dont know what to do..

Glenn;
Okay….ex, she sounds like a doozy!
I’d be documenting all of this and heading back to court.
Your daughter deserves a better opportunity to have a chance in life.

Who cares WHAT SHE (ex) says……you can’t stop her from saying anything. But you can salvage a life for your D.
Document these behavior in the ex, get your D help and go get custody of your D!

Good luck!

Dear Glenn,

I am so sorry that you have gone through all this, all I can suggest is that you get your daughter on video tape for documentation first of all (hidden nanny cam type thing) and then that you go to a therapist who has “47 letters after their name” who DOES get what a psychopath is, explain the situation, and show them the video of your daughter’s behavior. She obviously knows more about “sex” than she should as well as “dieting.”

God bless you both!

Dear Glenn,

Your parents could certainly put a call into child protective services with inappropriate sexual talk, it is likely they will open a case. Your wife will be investigated and so will you, but you can use your setting to your advantage. If you think your wife may bring unsavory characters around your child and she is at risk their is a sex abuse prevention program, google it. Your child has to demonstrate improvement and skill mastery even though she is being home schooled. If you don’t think your wife is doing the job, you may have an educational neglect allegation against her. CALL child protective services–better yet have grandparents call since there is a divorce, they might be viewed as a nonbias party. Good luck and I hope you can get your daughter bak in school and more time with you.

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Hi everyone,
I have been doing alot of research and am sick!!! she was pregnant 5 times while married to me and 4 different fathers. she claims to be the worlds biggest christian and yet she is did ectasy, crack etc…she talked me into buying animals and then never took care of them. Once when a horse died mysteriously she chopped off the legs and tail and buried it in front of my then 5 yr old daughter. In the 10 yrs I was married to her I lived 8 months with her that is it. I ran like a little girl away from her. She is EVIL. Now am not sure my 13 yr old daughter is even mine. I am scared. Any suggestions?

This is all too confusing for me on who to believe.
My ex would get drunk on Christmas morning (that was my present) and slam my body into a door, then record my reaction in front of my kids, call the police and say I attacked him and the bruises on me were in self defense or self inflicted to get him in trouble. He would want to talk with me (always drunk or on drugs) in the back yard to have neighbors for witnesses. When he did not talk I went and pulled weeds. Out of the blue he would scream “put the knife down – are you doing to kill me? – help – help” all the time recording the setup to use against me.
He did this with his first wife as well. It’s all documented, but who cares? The police saw through it. The counselor did not for the 4 sessions he had with her. There are documents from attorneys and police that he habitually perjured himself ”“ nobody cared. That he tried to molest my 17 year old son in front of me and his brother made me a “evil gossip”. He told his family and co-workers that even my kids don’t want to be around me. Hmmmm, I wonder why?

@ glenn – After I married the “love of my life” and got him a job after 10 years of using, we lived together for 3 months. As soon as he moved me into his “project” away from my kids, a beautiful home, friends, job security.. he went to Iraq as a private contractor to make money to keep from filing bancrupcy (surprise) for 4 years!!! (surprise) three of the 4 anniversaries we had were not spent with me but with his sister, mom, and former girl friends and exes (surprise) When the house was remodled with my retirement money, he divorced me on our anniversary. (surprise?)

WOW…this is my husband to a T…but we are 74k out of pocket to lawyers,and his 17 yr old daughter and 22 yr old son haven’t spoken to him or been active in his life(unless they want $ or gifts) for 4years plus. They are pawns, and have been since they were born. They have been used to defraud her church of 24k, claiming my husband was a” deadbeat dad” and they were penniless. (we were paying and giving them $4400.00 a month). When the church got our proof 2 yrs later they excommunicated her. The kids are screwed up for life…seriously. The sad thing is that they will multiply and this is genetic. My husband is partially responsible because he made huge errors in this relationship. Everyone please remember…YOU DON’T HEAL A BAD MARRIAGE WITH CHILDREN”!!!! There are way too many true victims here…..but only one predator!
Beth V

The part about her being one step ahead of you sounds very familiar. I know that feeling of trying to tell people within the system that something is not right and have nobody believe you. It’s good that you got a divorce before she drove you mad or poisened you! I stayed in my relationship for the kids until I could not think straight anymore! Now I’m sitting here with GAD and depression and look like the problem.

Don’t be like that guy you know, get out fast! LOL!

The horror of co parenting with a sociopath never ends. The sociopathic female will never leave you alone. It’s best in our situation to cut off all contact with the sociopath. Now that the kids are older. We communicate with the kids only. Communicating with the sociopath is crazy. She will just mess everything up for any plans we make with the kids – which hurts the kids. But she doesn’t care. As long as we are suffering she is happy. She is pure evil. Uses the kids against us, she seems to only want kids so she can use them as her pawns to get what she wants. As if $3500 a month isn’t enough in child support, and paying all their doctor, dentist and other bills. There is always more. But no matter how much you give her, she wants more.

So at some point when do you stop giving giving giving. Because we know that no matter how much given to her she is going to turn around and ask for more. Right now we have no contact with her. And it seems to be the best way to handle such a twisted woman. We worry about the kids when they are with her. But they have cell phones and know they can call us anytime they need us. Having children with a sociopath is a life long sentence of hell

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