OP shares custody of her transgender daughter and a younger son with her ex-husband. Her daughter came out as trans a year ago, and because her ex lives a few hours away, OP plays the primary caregiver role.
The Parents’ Backgrounds
Being bi and adopted by a gay couple, OP was more prepared when her daughter came out, unlike her ex, who was the product of a conservative and religious upbringing.
A Mother-Daughter Bond
Embracing her femininity, the daughter enjoys mother-daughter spa days, shopping sprees, and nurturing her long hair.
Treasured Family Portraits
The ex’s mother (ExMIL) holds two family photos dear.
One captures ExFIL and ExGFIL in suits on ExFIL’s 16th birthday, while the other replicate this scene with the ex and ExFIL.
Continuing the Tradition
Anticipating a similar snapshot for their then-presumed son, ExMIL was keen to continue this tradition.
The Daughter’s Milestone Birthday
When the daughter turned 16, OP assumed they’d abandoned the photo tradition, since they no longer had a “son” for the shot.
Their son wouldn’t meet the age criterion for another couple of years.
An Unsettling Weekend Episode
After the son fell sick last Wednesday, OP informed her ex about the canceled visit for the weekend.
She dropped off the daughter at the ex’s place on Friday as usual, expecting to pick her up on Sunday.
Her Ex Did What?
The daughter came back 24 hours earlier than usual, but what OP saw shocked her.
A Haircut Without Consent
She was sporting an uneven bob haircut!
OP’s daughter recounted how the ex and ExMIL had forced her into wearing a suit for a photo, followed by an abrupt hair trimming session.
She Left Immediately
Distraught, she’d fled and hopped onto the earliest train home.
Preparing for a Legal Confrontation
OP is now in the process of consulting legal experts to spare her daughter from future visits to the ex’s place.
It’s Time for Revision
As the decade-old custody agreement no longer reflects the teenagers’ needs, it’s time for a revision. Nevertheless, OP is bracing herself for potential resistance from the ex, and is venting before the upcoming legal fray.
Hopefully, things go well for OP and her daughter.
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