Our Granddaughter's Dad Is Being Very Difficult; BEL MOONEY There Is a Charm about the Forbidden That Makes It Unspeakably Desirable. MARK TWAIN (U.S. NOVELIST, 1835 - 1910)

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Our Granddaughter's Dad Is Being Very Difficult; BEL MOONEY There Is a Charm about the Forbidden That Makes It Unspeakably Desirable. MARK TWAIN (U.S. NOVELIST, 1835 - 1910)


Byline: BEL MOONEY

DEAR BEL WE have two beautiful granddaughters, aged three and 12. They live with our daughter, but without either father. Our daughter has physical and mental challenges, so we are very hands-on, we are close and love them all.

Our youngest granddaughter's dad is great but the elder granddaughter's father has always been a problem. He threw our daughter and their nine-week-old baby out because he 'didn't like having a baby around'.

When our granddaughter was a toddler, he saw her every other weekend, but then he remarried. Now, he only sees her two or three times a year, pays a small amount of maintenance and is rude to us.

The problem is that her father originally obtained her passport and now won't allow us to have it to take her abroad.

We'd planned a trip of a lifetime to America but he wouldn't hand over the passport without seeing the booking. We refused because he has a history of breaking his word and the thought of telling her she couldn't go was intolerable.

So the trip is off until she can get an adult passport at 16. My daughter wants to go to court but our granddaughter doesn't want this.

VANESSA NOBODY could ever put a value on grandparents like you -your daughter and her two girls are infinitely blessed to have you as the stalwart framework from which the little family tree can grow.

I suspect it's been far from easy and that you've had to bear events that have made you very sad. Your raison d'etre is simple: to give the three of them 'the best life possible'.

With that end in mind, surely you have no choice but to listen to the wishes of your granddaughter? At 12, she is old enough to know her own mind. …

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