My DEX has a new girlfriend, and despite DEX having nothing to do with his children for the past 6 years, she is doing her best to be their new mom. She wants wee difficult child to come "be part of their family". She's buying stuff for difficult child 1's baby and planning to go there when the baby is born (despite being told she's not welcome). DEX still has nothing to do with them, but the girlfriend sure is trying. *** She was just fired from her job, and they just bought a $500+ grill and a huge LCD HD tv. And all I want is to apply for medicaid to have better access to what difficult child needs and not stir the pot so they won't disrupt difficult child's world. DEX's child support is next to nothing and he doesn't pay it, and frankly, its not enough to make a big different in my world. But I don't wanna hear about their great new electronics, either, when my last paycheck was less than half of what it should be because I had to take off and deal with difficult child. And I dang sure don't wanna hear about this new "girlfriend" and her dreams of being this great big happy family... *** Then easy child 2 came last night, our one school night a week, like usual.... Back when husband and One Broom split, One Broom filed for child support thru DSS claiming to be raising 2 kids when in fact, she only had easy child 2, PLUS was still getting child support money for the other kid that she didn't even have. husband got her down to a reasonable (albeit wrong) amount for support and then filed thru the court to get a court order for custody, support, and visitation (instead of thru DSS). He makes less than One Broom but pays roughly 70% of easy child 2's support based on One Broom's little "fraud". *** ANYWAY...One Broom, who pays no child care, no house payment or rent, no car payment, no medical expense, AND is now getting money handed to her from her folks cause she can't make ends meet (she and her hubby work full time), apparently can't pay for anything for easy child 2 now. In addition to the field trips and hair conditioner she wouldn't pay for, and tutoring we already pay for, easy child 2 showed up again last night, needing money for yet another field trip, snacks for the trip, and a swimsuit for the trip. The trip is on Friday. The money and snacks had to be turned in yesterday, but mom wouldn't give it to her to take with her to school yesterday, so we were scrambling around last night to get the stuff back to school before the cutoff. She's gained 30 pounds in the past year, so obviously her swimsuit from last year doesn't fit, but I didn't have time to take her shopping, so she's wearing a too small 2 piece that doesn't match (and hopefully a shirt over it). *** I won't take it out on easy child 2 and deny her the field trips, etc, but this is getting ridiculous. *** Thanks for listening.