She Forgave Her Father for Disowning Her When She Was Pregnant at 15, But Her Siblings Didn’t and Now They Want the Inheritance

A woman has asked if she was in the wrong for refusing to share her father’s inheritance with her siblings, who refused contact with him before he died, whereas she chose to forgive him for how he had acted in the past. Here is what she had to say.

Her father has passed away

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The woman’s father, who was a “horrible” parent who raised her and her siblings in a “strict military style,” has died. Due to his parenting, all of his children eventually stopped speaking with him. He treated the children as though they were property, belittling them constantly.

She was disowned

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When the woman was 15, she became pregnant. Her father’s reaction to this news was to disown her, kicking her out to fend for herself and her child on her own.

He eventually contacted her

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“My dad ended up contacting me a month after my mom passed away, crying and apologizing for how he treated me and my siblings, and asking if we could meet up,” she said. “I decided to meet up with my dad, because even though my dad wasn’t the greatest father, it doesn’t change my love for him.”

She started seeing him more

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Eventually, through progress, the woman began to see her father three times a week. He tried to contact the woman’s siblings, but “none of them gave him the time of day.” When she spoke to her siblings about this, they told her that she should let him “die a lonely death.”

The woman took care of him

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The woman’s father eventually became ill, and the woman moved in with her two children to look after him. It was there that she learned things that she’d never heard before, and after a long period of time, she chose to forgive her father for how he had been.

Her siblings wanted nothing to do with their father

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“It was hard looking after my dad and my two children as a single mother, but I pushed myself through it until his death,” she said. “But during the hard times, I asked my siblings for help, and they both mocked me for even helping my dad and told me I should just throw him in an old age home.”

She inherited everything

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When her father did pass away, the woman inherited everything that he left behind. She has learned that her father owned a lot more and had a lot more money than she ever thought he did.

Her siblings want a share

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Upon discovering the inheritance, the woman’s siblings have told her that they were “entitled” to some of the money, threatening to stop speaking with her if she gave them nothing. As they had to be parented by their father too, they felt that they deserved “some kind of payout.”

She is angry

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The woman feels that she gave her father a second chance, and when she reached out for help, her siblings mocked her for even trying to assist him. Now, she feels that it wouldn’t be right for her siblings to get any part of the inheritance that she has been left by her father.

Was she right?

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The woman knows that forgiveness is a choice, but by the same token, her siblings didn’t respect her own choice to forgive their father. They have acted as though the woman had to choose between them or their father, and now, for not sharing what she got, they have accused her of being selfish.

The internet responded

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One person said, “I think the siblings do deserve a share, because growing up with a horrible father is tough.”

Another commenter noted, “The father had every right to leave his property to his one child that he had a relationship with.”

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