Friend just gave birth. Leaving her husband. What does she need to know?
June 29, 2013 8:04 AM Subscribe
Not the happiest circumstances to bring a new child into this world. After years of supporting her husband, financially and emotionally, she's reached her limit. He's dealing with some addiction issues, and has become increasingly hostile with the birth of this baby. Maybe they'll work this out one day, but right now she doesn't feel safe, has filled her car with personal belongings and is staying with family. She left him a lengthy note, but does not want to talk to him in the next few days. This has been a long time coming, and while I don't imagine it will be a surprise—his family has actually encouraged her to do this—he won't react well.
What sort of legal precautions should she begin taking?
posted by anonymous to human relations (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Over the last four years, she's made all the payments on their house. They have some joint credit cards. I can't imagine the husband wants anything to do with the kid—but can't assume that. (This is all taking place in Canada.)
What other miscellaneous ideas should she be considering in the short and long-term? She is the kindest, most loving woman I've ever met. She's just not wired to consider these questions or act out of self-interest. Very grateful for your suggestions.