A widow took it to Reddit after her daughter met her deceased husband’s mistress, who claimed that the man was her child’s father. The woman slashed her daughter’s inheritance because of what she did behind her back.
A 46-year-old woman whose husband died in a car accident revealed she felt devastated after his death but stayed strong for the sake of their three children’s happiness.
However, things took a different turn when her late husband’s mistress she knew nothing about came knocking at her door asking for child support. She claimed that OP’s (Original Poster’s) husband was her child’s father.
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The Reddit user named Apprehensive-Grab-27 confessed that her husband’s image in her mind was tarnished upon learning he had a mistress who showed her screenshots of their conversations and photos to prove her claims.
OP felt terrible because of her husband’s betrayal and slammed the woman for having the gall to ask her for anything. She told her that she wasn’t getting a cent and that “she shouldn’t have slept with a married man” in the first place.
Despite her refusal, the mistress kept harassing her for money. Eventually, she contacted OP’s husband’s family and even tried talking to her children.
The other woman claimed OP’s husband was her child’s father | Source: Unsplash
Before the mistress could contact OP’s children, OP told them about her. She also got a lawyer to fight her case because she didn’t want to share her wealth with the other woman.
Following a long legal battle, they finally came to a settlement at Alex’s expense.
OP was confident the mistress wouldn’t be able to claim child support since she couldn’t prove her child’s paternity. However, things didn’t go as planned when her 19-year-old daughter, Alex, interfered.
Thinking the mistress wouldn’t bother her anymore after her lawyer sent her a letter, OP was surprised to learn that Alex had met with her and took a DNA test. Explaining Alex’s motive, she recounted:
“She said that [sic] did it because she wanted to get this resolved, the child deserved to know who their father was, and get the financial support that they were owed.”
OP hired a lawyer to help her fight the case | Source: Unsplash
When the DNA results came back and proved the mistress was telling the truth about her child’s paternity, she filed a case against OP, asking for her child’s share in the inheritance. And following a long legal battle, they finally came to a settlement at Alex’s expense.
OP decided that since it was due to Alex that the mistress’ child had grounds to claim for her husband’s inheritance, it would only be fair to the other siblings that the child’s share would be taken out from Alex’s share.
Alex felt it was unfair but OP made it clear that she wouldn’t let her other children suffer because of her oldest daughter’s choices. After all, this wouldn’t have happened if Alex had not gone behind her back and gotten a DNA test.
Alex felt her mother was being unfair | Source: Unsplash
Though Alex would be getting less than her siblings, her mother revealed she would still have enough money to finish college even after giving half her share to the mistress’ child.
Moreover, OP planned on dividing her own estate equally among her children, so Alex wouldn’t have to face any problems in the future.
Other users read OP’s story and shared their views. major_shayne felt sorry for OP and said she did the right thing. They believed Alex shouldn’t have a problem sharing the money if she really thought the child “deserved to know who their father was.”
OP posted her story on Reddit because she felt guilty | Source: Unsplash
Another user named Trilobyte141 believed OP was at fault because her husband mentioned that all his children would get equal money, so OP shouldn’t have asked Alex to give away half of her share. But another Redditor replied:
“It isn’t fair that she can affect all their inheritances with her choice.”
In general, some readers believed OP was at fault, while others felt Alex shouldn’t have approached the mistress behind her mother’s back.
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