Hi @StayingStrong, I am sorry to hear that you are finding yourself in a similar position. It sounds like you and your partner are going through a really tough time dealing with the conflict with your partner’s ex. It sounds really overwhelming.
It seems like you have some questions around how to manage the conflict you and your partner are experiencing in a legal sense. It might be helpful to access a legal support service such as Women’s Legal Service QLD , where you can access free legal help or information on domestic violence/abuse and complex family law.
It can feel really overwhelming when dealing with blended family conflict. I did also want to mention another service that may be helpful in terms of supporting you, 1800RESPECT is a counselling service that is available 24/7 to help you when you’re experiencing family abuse.
I am really glad you have reached out for support, we are here for you.
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Hi @Blended90, and thanks for posting.
With knowing so little, it is hard to say whether you should or shouldn't invite her...It depends on what you and your partner want out of the situation...
You might want to try a problem-solving technique... so:
1) identify your goal, or the type of relationship you want with your step-daughter.
2) Consider the pros and cons of inviting her and not inviting her, and try and evaluate whether this would bring you closer or farther from your goal.
It might also be good for you and your partner to set some boundaries with the step-daughter, and to tell her you love her and want her company but will not accept x, y, z behaviours. This might be better coming from your partner instead of you, given that he's her father (correct me if I'm wrong but that's how I interpreted your post).
Please let us know how you go!
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