It is now quasi-official....YS has fully joined DS in contempt and hatred for my wife and me, and refuses to have any contact with us at all. Recently there has been a pattern of wife making plans with YS, YS consenting, and then YS texting to back out of the arrangement on the day of plans. The same pattern repeated the other day except, instead of texting, YS actually spoke to my wife, gave her a speech about how much he hates her and never wants to see her again, and hung up on her. Am I wrong for feeling just a bit relieved, alongside compassion and empathy for my wife? This was not unexpected but at the same time it is upsetting. My primary emotions are anger and disgust. After all we have been through....after all that HE put us through.....I am speechless on the one hand but on the other, as stated above, in many ways this is a very natural progression. He and his brother have both been raised to hate my wife. And to be honest wife has not helped the situation improve in many ways. I am thinking very dark thoughts that I will not verbalize here. I know I will hear from many of you saying - this isn't the end - and it may not be - but to be honest I think wife and I would be better off if this chapter of our lives did close on this note. Perhaps a window of opportunity will open again when the boys are grown men. Perhaps not. But it is clear that the battle for these children's souls has been won by the boys' father. I'll stick around to help others and offer whatever advice and support I can.