(Closed) How to deal with the Ex-Wife

posted 6 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
979 posts
Busy bee

Only advice I can give as being an ex wife is don’t step on the real mother toes and don’t over-parent her if she is in the child’s life. And learn to pick your battles. Sometimes you just have to bite your tongue and realize the little things and brush them off. She has to realize you are there to love and also care for the child and direct them through life. The child is lucky to have an extra person to love them!

Post # 4
9888 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@FuturMrsO:   Honestly, I hate to say this, but you need to tread very carefully here.  You are in a difficult position as a stepmother, and my heart goes out to you.  I think it’s best to try and keep out of their arrangement as much as you can.  I know it’s frustrating, but it really isn’t your place to interfere too much.  If you do interfere you may create some resentment in your Darling Husband.  You can share your thoughts and feelings with him, but the bottom line is this is his and his ex-wife’s decision and not yours.  It’s a touchy issue but you need to respect the boundaries of the parents.

Post # 6
1227 posts
Bumble bee

Been in a similar situation (serious relationship, not husband) and all I can say is for your own sanity you need to figure out a way to step back and let him handle her and their child, and not take your frustrations out on him.  I used to get so mad at my ex because I felt his ex walked all over him and overstepped her bounds. It wasn’t his fault.  At the end of the day, she’s still the mother of his child, and it’s really something they need to sort out. If he’s okay with it, you need to find a way to be ok with it to, because it’s one of the few things in your relationship that you really have no control over, and to try to exert it will only drive you crazy.

Post # 7
1269 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

If he wants to be less in her power he can go to court and get a court ordered schedule of visitation.  However, it doesnt mean she will abide by it.  And guess what it doesnt get eaiser.  MM. son aged out of child support a year ago and his ex “just” found 5k worth of bills.  Which we will have to pay.  At this age would rather give the kid the 5k and get him a car.

Post # 8
1583 posts
Bumble bee

@FuturMrsO:  go for 50-50 custody or even full custody. My dad and mom had to deal with the same thing (with my brother) my whole life until he was 18. You don’t want that I promise. He needs to ensure she cant control him forever just because she popped out a kid

Post # 9
344 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I don’t have any children nor have I been in your shoes but here’s my take on the situation: You are not the child’s mother therefore you are in no obligation to step in. He will have to figure it out with the child’s mother and if you want to you can give him advice. You married this man knowing that he had an obligation to his child so you can be supportive but he will have to deal with the ex wife. You can suggest to him to go to court to get some arrangement settled like 50-50 or something of that sort. For your own sanity, do not step in because then you will become their third wheel. 

Post # 10
423 posts
Helper bee

Ask yourself this: if you were in her position, would you allow anybody to come between you and your ex-husband when it comes to your daughter? She is not interfering with your married life so she knows her boundaries. That being said, how she arranges things with her daughter is entirely her business. It is not her job to facilitate your relationship with her daughter. 

Post # 11
370 posts
Helper bee

It’s going to have to come down to him standing up and putting his foot down about her interferring with his time with his daughter. But I do think tht you should step back and allow him to take the lead on this. Offer your support as much as you can, but don’t interfere as hard as that may be. I am on both sides of this..I am the mother who shares a child with a divorced man, and I am also in a relationship with a man who has a controlling woman as an ex. It is a balancing act for sure.

I wish you luck!

Post # 12
225 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@FuturMrsO:  Also, from being raised in a family with a step mom, with a mom still in the picture, find a way to just love the child and not have much to do with the parenting.  I really liked my step mom when I was younger, but as I got older, I got really mean to her.  Being a step mom is a THANKLESS job.  I now realize how brutal I was toward her, but thats because I felt like she didnt have any right butting into my life as a parent.  I also know it created stress for my dad because I would blatantly try and not include her in plans.  Its really hard for everyone involved, just try to be supportive of your Darling Husband, because he will always have to deal with his ex because of their child!

Post # 13
20 posts
  • Wedding: August 2015

@Sunfire:  i have to disagree. i dont think the ex should dictate what the other family will and will not do on their weekends they have the child. she needs to let the dad be the dad. he IS a parent of the little girl. When the child is with the mother then she can parent and dictate what needs to happen, but when dad and step have her its THEIR time to do whatever they think is okay. I agree that if something came up that could affect both parties and the child , then yes both parties should discuss.

Post # 14
115 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I disagree completely!


You are this childs stepmother. Just because you didnt give birth to her does not mean you dont get to be in her life. as parents that are no longer together, they need to accept the fact that their child WONT have just one mother and father and that is neither the childs fault nor yours!


I have a wonderfful stepson. Ive been in his life, parenting him, since he was 6. He’s now 8 and a half. His mother in the beginning had full custody and pulled us around. Then she went to rehab and we got full custody. Now we have joint becuse shes better. We do week on week off and she used to get mad when I would parent him at soccer games during OUR time until my Fiance stood up to her and told her that during OUR time I am the one parenting him, not her. I know my place and she knows hers.


Does your husband have a custody agreement with her? What is his current visitation schedule? We too felt like we had no power until we had some sort of legal custoy because if we put up a fight about anything she would withhold him from us. But now she cant.

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