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Dad praised for refusing to attend wedding after his child wasn't invited

Emily Puckering

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Dad praised for refusing to attend wedding after his child wasn't invited

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A dad has been praised by fellow parents for refusing to attend a wedding one of his children wasn't invited to.

While child-free weddings are becoming a lot more accepted in recent times, the thought of a child not being invited while their sibling is allowed to attend seems pretty harsh, right?

Well, this is the predicament this one dad found himself in recently, and it's safe to say it didn't end well.

Taking to mumsnet's 'Am I Being Unreasonable' forum to vent over the situation, the dad's wife explained how they share a young child together while he has a secondary-school age child from a previous relationship, who he co-parents with his ex.

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The child wasn't invited to their stepmum's family wedding. Credit: Getty Images/Stock Photo
The child wasn't invited to their stepmum's family wedding. Credit: Getty Images/Stock Photo

The woman explained how while she has a good relationship with her stepchild - who primarily lives with their mother - her own family haven't seen them enough to form a proper relationship.

So when the wife's sister was planning her wedding, the stepchild was left off the invite list due to this very reason.

"My sister is getting married, usual wedding, parents on each side paying third, they’re paying third. I am chief bridesmaid, daughter flower girl," she explained on the forum.

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"Massively excited, involved in everything... My stepchild is not invited. I was not shocked, my sister barely knows them and BiL has never met them."

She added: "They will be spending the week before solely with their Dad and week before that with all of us. The weekend of the wedding back with [their] mum.'

She then revealed how her husband has declined his invitation 'because stepchild is not invited'.

"I said they wouldn’t be around that weekend. He said ex would happily give them the time as has happened in the past."

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The husband refused to attend without his child. Credit: Getty Images/Stock Photo
The husband refused to attend without his child. Credit: Getty Images/Stock Photo

While the wife had clearly taken to the forum to gain some support over the situation, she unfortunately didn't get what she bargained for.

One posted: "I think your family sounds pretty s****y if I’m honest," while another pointed out: "Sounds like you don't consider your SC as part of your family OP.

"What an awful way to treat a family member."

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Someone else said: "Your stepchild is part of your family and lives with you some of the time. Part of the family unit. Your family is incredibly mean and I'm absolutely not surprised by your DH's reaction."

And a fourth shared their praise for the dad, saying: "It's nice to see a decent dad standing up for his child."

Would you ever exclude a stepchild from a family wedding?

Topics: Parenting, Sex and Relationships, Wedding

Emily Puckering
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