The guy refused to accept his new stepmother in place of his late mother, and when he was 18 even took back her name. Which gave him an advantage when it came to his grandparent’s will.
The Loss of His Mother
The Original Poster (OP) is a 30-year-old who suffered a devastating loss at a very young age. He lost his mother when he was only five years old.
Treasuring the Memories of His Mother
Although he was too young to understand the full impact of her death, he had vivid and treasured memories of her that he held dear.
He Didn’t Like That His Dad Moved on so Quickly
As he grew older, his attachment to his mother only grew stronger. When his father started dating a year after her death, he did not take it well.
His Father Wanted to Do the Right Thing
Despite his feelings of grief and loss, his father believed he knew what was best for the family, and that dating someone new was the right thing to do.
A Second Marriage in the Works
He eventually married his stepmother, Lucy, but he did not take kindly to her, and he acted out in response.
Not Ready For a New Mother
His father recognized that parenting alone was difficult, and his sister, Jessica, needed a mother figure, but he was not ready to accept Lucy as his new mom.
He Started Acting Defiantly
When he began acting out, his father became frustrated, and he started punishing him whenever he misbehaved or upset Lucy.
He used his sister, who was easily pleased and did not share the same attachment to their mother as him, as an example of good behavior.
Tensions Were Building at Home
He felt his father was unfair, and he became increasingly upset when Jessica, his sister, started calling Lucy “mom” and when Lucy started referring to him as her son.
The Family Started Growing
As time went on, things became more difficult for OP when Lucy had her own children, and his father and stepmother started pushing to adopt him and his sister.
Resistant to Being Adopted Into The New Family
Jessica was fine with this idea, but OP refused. After therapy failed to improve the situation, his father and Lucy tried to withhold things he wanted, but he was too stubborn for it to work.
Support From One Person Only
The only person who seemed to understand and support him was his paternal aunt, who stuck up for him whenever she saw what Lucy and his father were trying to do.
Changing His Name Back
When he turned 18, he went straight to his aunt and never looked back.
He legally changed his surname to his mother’s maiden name and stopped talking to his father altogether, leaving only his aunt as a source of support and guidance.
The Situation Gets Complicated
Now, with the passing of his maternal grandparents, he finds himself in a complicated situation.
Technically He’s the Only “Legal” Grandchild
Their will states that only their legal grandchildren will split a $250,000 inheritance. Since Jessica is legally Lucy’s daughter, she received only a framed photo of their mother and a letter.
Should He Share With His Sister?
Jessica believes he should share the inheritance with her, but he believes she should seek money from her legal grandparents instead.
His aunt thinks he is being too harsh, but he is determined to stand by his principles and do what he believes is right.
Your Grandparents Knew What They Were Doing
One user pointed out, “Interesting how she only wants to be family now money is involved.”
Another said, “Your grandparents had plenty of time to change their will. They used the specific term legal grandchildren for a specific reason.”
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