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abusive exhusband continues to belittle me

I have a problem with my exhusband who has my kids. I have to deal with him regularly and his attitude has not changed. he has major trust issues with people and he is abusive in his language and attitude to me. He doesn't respect anything I do for the kids and constantly puts me down for my efforts to help my kids. is this parental alienation syndrome? How do I get help dealing with him? He would never abuse the kids, its weird he can be totally find with the kids and then a jerk to me.
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134578 tn?1642048000
He's clearly not over the split.  But he should control how he behaves.  Document what  he says and does, and give the documentation to your lawyer, and have your lawyer talk to his lawyer about the fact that he needs some therapy or anger-management counseling.
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thanks annie. Thats good advice. I will try it
3060903 tn?1398565123
It' sounds like you're right.  Your ex is not fine with the children if he is belittling to their mother, in their presence, or even without them knowing. His constant abuse has a consequence making you feel bad a bout yourself, and having to deal with that affects your being at our absolute best. He is sabotaging his kids, by sabotaging their mother. It sounds like he doesn't see this connection (which means he's not terribly smart) , but is trying to be a half decent  decent father figure, but not an exceptional one His having i"issues" with you, trust issues, or any other, he likely has intolerance of other people, and that's not an ideal role model, so he's not a perfect father by any means
It' s a lawyers job to present a case for parental alienation, i don't know if you're able to get a lawyer. It would go to court, and he would be told that he could no longer say or do anything that could be considered parental alienation. If he was unable, custody may be given to you. The stakes are high enough to warrant that kind of intervention, if he would not listen to reason ( you could also try to appeal to his sense of fair play in a letter) Your relationship with your kids could be sabotaged, your children could grow to be disrespectful of their partners, or accept disrespect in their relationships. It's so sad.

You ascribe "trust issues" as a possible reason for his disrespect for you. Was he raised in a co-dependent home, or was he cheated on by a previous spouse? If you don't want to get a lawyer involved, you might want to talk to a therapist, IT might be that you can talk to a therapist and find the most effective way to bring up the subject of you both supporting each other to most successfully co-parent your children. If you went by way of a lawyer and court proceeding, it might be that you can push for therapy with him , so that you and he can successfully learn ways to most effectively parent.

My heart is with you. It must be so hard. It sounds like the kids stay with him, and that usually seems to happen because of a man's ability to make more money, and having more money does not necessarily mean that you are the best parent to have custody.

Have you considered fighting for custody of your children, based on his actions? Even if he doesn't belittle you in front of the children now, doesn't mean that he doesn't behind your back, or will not in the future, resulting in the same potential hazard for the kids.
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thanks very much for you support. I will look into finding a lawyer. I don't want the kids to grow up thinking disrespect is normal in a relationship. I could happily take the kids if its better for them to be with me. He seems to use them for his own gain. Like if he is angry at me over something (ie. not buying something for the kids that he wants) then he will neglect to let me see the kids at the scheduled time which is not far to the kids. And I am documenting all that from yesterday. ITs just too much bs that is happening. and yes he is not very mature if he is doing all this. I think he just got custody of the kids because he slandered me due to my mental health diagnoses and he makes more money. its unfortunate for all.
good for you. Did you get help for your mental health issues, ? are you on medication? It actually looks good for you that you have dealt with your mental health issues, The judge can see it as his not dealing with his own. If there's a choice between a parent that slanders another, and it's only going one way, then the children should be with the mature parent., no doubt. How old are they ?
did he say nasty things in front of the children, and is he continuing to do so?
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