Throughout his upbringing, he never formed a close bond with his stepmom or stepsister, but now his birth mother’s grandparents left him a sum of money, and they are eager to lay their hands on it.
He Lost 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.
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.
As he grew older, his attachment to his mother only grew stronger.
Dad’s Dating Again
When his father started dating a year after her death, he did not take it well.
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.
His father eventually married his stepmother, Lucy. OP did not take kindly to Lucy and acted out in response.
He was not ready to accept Lucy as his new mom.
Not My Mom
When OP began acting out, his father became frustrated, and he started punishing him whenever he misbehaved or upset Lucy.
Sibling Behavioral Comparison
He used his sister, Jessica, as an example of good behavior. Jessica was easily pleased and did not share the same attachment to their mother as he did.
His Sister Accepted Her New Family
He felt his father was unfair, and he became increasingly upset when Jessica started calling Lucy “mom” and when Lucy started referring to him as her son.
Talk of Adoption
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.
Jessica was fine with this idea, but he 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.
An Understanding Aunt
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.
When he turned 18, OP 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.
Now, with the passing of his maternal grandparents, he finds himself in a complicated situation.
Their will states that only their legal grandchildren will split a $250,000 inheritance.
A Small Offering
Since Jessica is legally Lucy’s daughter, she received only a framed photo of their mother and a letter.
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.
Now She Wants to Know
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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