A man canceled a planned holiday because his wife was unable to pay her agreed share of the cost.
He Earns More Than Her.
“My wife(44F) makes quite a bit less than me(45M), so our joint expenses are split 70/30.
For the most part things like vacations and where we bought a house are decided based on what she can afford, but there have been several times I’ve paid in full for vacations to places I really enjoy and wanted to share the experience with her.”
“She has a 23y/o son from her previous marriage. When she and I got together, I told her I wouldn’t mind paying extra for things here and there until her son was 18 and working or in school so she could take care of him.
For the majority of our relationship, he has lived with his father. He decided against college or trade school and hasn’t expressed any interest in starting to figure out a plan for the immediate future let alone his life.”
“He floats from job to job, and his father is pretty much the same since the kid graduated.
Every few months they’ll call her for a few hundred dollars here, a few hundred there, 20 bucks this week, 80 the next. Sometimes it’s her son calling for help, sometimes it’s her ex-husband.”
Short of Money.
“This has caused her to be short on funds for our plans or things she volunteered to cover on more than one occasion.
Her reasoning, when it’s her ex asking, is that since their son still lives with him, she has to help him. I get that to a point.”
“We were supposed to go on a vacation later this month. Nothing major or fancy but just time away. We had agreed to split the cost and all that was left to pay for were the hotels, rental car, and some reservations.
Her ex-husband called needing help getting his car out of impound and getting caught up on rent.”
He Refuses to Take the Bus.
“Their son hasn’t been able to get to work without the car because he doesn’t want to ride a bike or take a bus.
Almost 5 grand later they’re set up but my wife told me she can’t pay for her portion of our vacation, so I told her I was canceling it.”
She Accused Him of Being Heartless.
“She called me heartless, that she’s just taking care of her son and we’ve been arguing over it but my stance is this:
They’re both able-bodied adults that keep making life decisions that keep them at a standstill (like quitting jobs over little things) and her digging them out of their holes is starting to impact our lives more and more, and I didn’t sign up for that.”
He Cancelled Their Trip.
The man felt he shouldn’t have to pay for the whole vacation based on his wife’s questionable decisions.
“AITA for canceling our vacation instead of just footing the entire cost myself?”
He Asked An Online Forum.
The man asked an online community if he was in the wrong here.
The online users unanimously agreed on one thing.
“Why are you married to her though, since she clearly puts her ex and grown son before you and your marriage?
She’s enabling their financial irresponsibility, and that will never change.”
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