The Internet is in favor of the woman who refused to pay her father’s medical bills after sharing the story in a now-viral Reddit post on Monday.
Posted by user HumanWaste000 on the popular r/AmITheA**hole subreddit, the story now has over 13,000 upvotes and thousands of comments.
in the postThe Redditor explained: “My parents divorced when I was about 10 and after a year I had no contact with my father as he left his new family, stepson and his new wife. Had opted to give priority to the kids together than mine. Brother and me. There was no meeting after his remarriage. When we called to ask when he was going to meet us, he just says that He is busy.”
The poster explained that they were very close before the divorce: “I was literally Dad’s little girl. His sweet golden baby. No joke. I thought my father was the best and wanted to marry a man like him when I grew up.” So the fact that he has just left my brother and left me has left a deep wound in my heart, for which I will never forgive him.
“They never paid child support, so my mother had to support my brother and I as single parents. She decided not to take him to court because she would never have anything to do with him.” wanted.”
According to the World Population Review, approximately 50 percent of married couples in the US will divorce – the sixth highest divorce rate in the world.
Nearly 18 years later, the Redditor said that her mom’s love and care meant she and her brother moved on with their lives as adults.
But that morning, the poster had received a Facebook message from her half-brother: “He wanted to talk to me about ‘our’ father and I was confused at first and then remembered that yes, there was someone like this in my life.
“He told me that our father has a medical condition and the treatment costs a lot and it would be nice if we could pay his bills and also that my father wanted to talk to my brother and me. I told him that The man has lost the rights to be my father when he decided not to have any contact with us and his medical bills are not my concern.”
The poster told her half-brother that all years of unpaid child support could be used to cover her medical expenses. When she spoke to her mother later, she told her that she had a right to be angry, but he was still her father and she could help him a little.
“I said ‘No way in hell I’m going to pay his bills. He has his kids to pay for this, so let’s settle this. He made his bed, now let him sleep on it.'”
Using data from 2000 to 2008, the Center for the Demography of Health and Aging at the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted the research. The implications of parental divorce on estranged fathers and their relationships with adult children—especially when there has been a new relationship since the divorce.
The study found that middle-to-late fathers have less contact with adult children from their former union than do divorced fathers who remain single. The research found that fathers tend to prioritize their new partner over their relationship with their children, suggesting that fathers either consciously or unconsciously choose to do so when entering a new relationship.
Redditors heavily supported the poster, with one commenter writing: “Your dad kicked you out and about and as far as you know, hasn’t made any effort to see you or talk to you in 18 years? Hell no “
Another commenter said, “He wrote himself out of your life 19 years ago. He doesn’t find himself writing back just because he needs the money.”
“Even if he was a good dad, you wouldn’t really give him any financial support,” wrote another Redditor: “Especially in this case, I think it totally Your call is how much you want to help him or not. . He made his choice when you were a kid, and now you can make your choice as an adult.”
newsweek HumanWaste000 has been reached for comment.