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SA Ex Won't Return Daughter's Gift He Bought Her

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by MzTrudi, 1 February 2015.

  1. MzTrudi

    MzTrudi Member

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    My ex won't return daughters birthday gift he gave her.
    He bought her a Samsung tablet 1.5 years ago.
    She took it to his house this weekend and now he won't return it saying he has to have it at his house because he bought it.
    She stays at his house 2 out of 14 days.
     
  2. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi MzTrudi,

    Is it your daughter who is requesting to take the tablet away with her? Although legally the gift belongs to your daughter, as she is a minor, her father can be "trustee" of it (i.e. look after it). Perhaps try and appeal to the father by making him see that he is hurting his daughter?
     
  3. MzTrudi

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    He asked for it so he could put games on it. Now he won't return it. She is only 7 and it is upsetting her
     
  4. Sarah J

    Sarah J Well-Known Member

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    Hi MzTrudi,

    If the dispute is just about the tablet, it is best to speak with the father and negotiate with him directly. Does the father know how much it is upsetting his daughter? Perhaps he really wants to use the tablet for himself and is a bit addicted to it. Unfortunately, father's can sometimes be selfish and put their interests above that of their children. Is it possible to get your daughter another tablet and leave that one with him? Or work out a time share arrangement with her father?

    Although having a gift taken away from a 7 year old is understandably very upsetting for you and your daughter, in the scheme of things it is probably more an internal family matter rather than a legal dispute and it would be best dealt with between you, your daughter and her father. Remember it is more important to maintain your daughter's relationship with her father than have a tablet.

    However, if the issue runs deeper than a tablet, you could think about mediation with the father or reaching out to a Family Relationship Centre.
     

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