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Mother-In-Law’s Insensitive Actions Lead to a Custody Battle and Emotional Confrontation.

In a family’s struggle with acceptance, the Original Poster’s (OP) transgender child endures a forced haircut at her father’s house. With emotions running high, the OP seeks legal action to change the custody arrangement.

Uneven Custody

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The OP shares custody of her transgender daughter and son with her separated husband. The custody arrangement favors the OP, with the husband getting every other weekend visitation. The husband’s conservative upbringing has made it hard for him to accept their daughter’s identity.

Mother-Daughter Bonding

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The OP and her daughter share a strong bond, often spending mother-daughter days together, getting their nails done, and shopping for clothes. The daughter has started to grow her hair out to below her shoulders. Meanwhile, the OP’s mother-in-law (MIL) doesn’t support the OP or her daughter.

A Family Tradition

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The mother-in-law cherishes an old family photo that depicts all the men recreating a picture on their 16th birthdays, wearing suits with hands on each other’s shoulders. The OP’s MIL was eager to continue the tradition with the child before they knew the child would identify as female.

A Forgotten Tradition

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When the daughter turned 16, the OP assumed the tradition would be left behind since their child did not identify as a boy. The OP didn’t hear anything from her husband or MIL, thinking they’d wait for their son’s 16th birthday instead.

A Sudden Change of Plans

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When the couple’s son falls ill with the flu, the OP informs her ex that he won’t be visiting for the weekend, but the daughter will be visiting alone. The daughter still goes to her father’s house, and the OP gives her money to return home if needed.

An Unexpected Return

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The daughter returns home 24 hours early, sporting a short, uneven, chin-length bob. The OP is shocked by the sudden change in her appearance and listens to her daughter’s story.

A Christmas Card Scheme

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The daughter explains that her father and MIL planned to take the traditional photo for Christmas cards. They handed her a suit, despite her protests, and even attempted to cut her hair with kitchen scissors.

A Forced Compromise

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The daughter, feeling pressured, agrees to tie her hair back as a compromise. As she sits down with her back turned to her MIL, her entire ponytail is cut off, leaving her with an uneven bob.

A Bold Escape

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The daughter, furious, curses her father and MIL and leaves the house. She takes the first train home to her mother, who tries to even out her hair.

Seeking Legal Action

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The OP decides to pursue legal action to renegotiate custody, hoping her children won’t have to visit their father again. She contacts her lawyer, who will call her in the coming days.

A Mother’s Rage

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The OP vents her frustration, saying, “I am now looking into fixing [the situation] so she doesn’t have to go to his place again.” She’s determined to protect her daughter from any further emotional harm.

A Looming Battle

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The OP anticipates a fight with her now-divorced husband if she tries to change the custody agreement. She prepares to go through the legal process to ensure her children’s safety and happiness.

A Question of Acceptance

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The OP grapples with her ex-husband’s inability to accept their daughter’s transgender identity. She wonders if he’ll ever truly understand and support her. The conflict between their respective upbringings continues to strain their co-parenting relationship.

A Daughter’s Resilience

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Despite the traumatic experience, the daughter remains strong and assertive. She’s not afraid to stand up for herself and her identity in the face of adversity. The OP’s relentless support for her daughter highlights the power of a mother’s love as she strives to protect and nurture her child in the face of adversity.

Was The Family’s Behavior Appropriate?

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The readers in the forum had a lot of mixed views on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responded

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One reader said, “What she did was assault. Have you considered filing charges?”

Another responder wrote: “WOW. That’s just evil. Your Ex-MIL had no right to do that.”

A different person states, “I don’t have any advice. I just want to send love and support to both you and your daughter. Hugs and a warm cup of tea are in order.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by this thread.

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