Steve claims his ex-girlfriend, Robyn, coached their 12-year-old daughter to falsely accuse him of sexual abuse.
Steve says the allegations were investigated, he was never charged and the case was closed. Now, Steve says he shouldn’t have to pay child support for his daughter and he doesn’t even want her in his life.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Family member or friend causing ridiculous drama?
“You’ve decided that you’ve been falsely accused so you don’t think you should have to pay them for that,” Dr. Phil says to Steve.
“No. Why?” replies Steve, who claims that it cost him and his fiancée $5,000 to defend himself.WATCH: Woman Claims Ex-Boyfriend Attempted To Videotape Their Daughter While She Was In The Shower
“Anybody who feels that they are innocent would not up and abandon their child,” says Robyn, who adamantly denies coaching their daughter. “They would want to talk to their child, ask their child why they feel this way.”
When Dr. Phil mentions that Steve could petition to have his parental rights terminated, Steve says that’s what he plans to do.
“I will not have the accusations with my family,” Steve explains. “I have three boys, and I’m not going to jeopardize my family.”WATCH: Why Father Says His Daughter Is ‘Nothing But A Piece Of Dirt To Me’
Hear more of Dr. Phil’s thoughts in the video above. And on Thursday’s episode
, an estate management attorney weighs in on the situation and Steve’s responsibilities as a parent. Check here
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Advice For Exes At Odds With 12-Year-Old Caught In The Middle
Steve’s 12-year-old daughter accused him of trying to video record her while she was in the shower and inappropriately touching her while she slept in bed. He insists he never behaved inappropriately with his daughter and an investigation cleared his name. He claims his ex-girlfriend, Robyn, coached their daughter to make the false claims against him
– an accusation she denies.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Conflict so big it needs a Dr. Phil solution?
Now, Steve says he doesn’t want his daughter, whom he has referred to as a “piece of dirt,”
in his life anymore because he doesn’t want to risk that she will make additional false accusations toward him. And, he says he doesn’t believe he should have to pay child support for her
and is considering terminating his parental rights.
In the video above from Thursday’s episode of Dr. Phil
, Ann-Margaret Carrozza, an estate management attorney and author of the new book Love & Money: Protecting Yourself from Angry Exes, Wacky Relatives, Con Artists, and Inner Demons
, weighs in on Steve’s situation.
Hear more of Ann-Margaret’s advice on Thursday’s episode
. And see what Dr. Phil tells the exes they must do to ensure their daughter’s well-being. Check here
to see where you can watch.TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Family member or friend causing ridiculous drama?
Advice For Exes At Odds With 12-Year-Old Caught In The Middle
Stefanie claims her mother, Cheryl, wants her to dump her boyfriend, Michael. “She literally says I want you to break up and find another man – from the beginning and still, over a year-and-a-half later.” TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Conflict destroying your relationship?
“That’s not true,” says Cheryl who has alleged that Michael is an out of work alcoholic who is “using” her daughter.
Michael says he goes to school and works part-time as a teacher’s aide. He admits he’s been to rehab but says his days of abusing alcohol are over. Stefanie claims her mother is overbearing
and tries to control her life. She says she’s tried to get Cheryl to go to therapy with her to work on their issues, but Cheryl won’t go. “My mom has the most ridiculous criteria to make sure that a therapist is credible enough.”
Dr. Phil says he has some ideas on how Cheryl and Stefanie can work to fix their relationship, but when he observes he doesn’t fit any of Cheryl’s very specific criteria, is she still willing to hear him out?
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Stefanie says her mother, Cheryl, thinks she spends too much time with her boyfriend, Michael, and doesn’t want them to date. She says Michael isn’t the first guy she’s been in love with who Cheryl has had a problem with. She claims Cheryl chased away another boyfriend by messaging him online while pretending to be someone else. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Conflict destroying your relationship?
“She coaxed him into cheating on me, sending pictures. She sent him sexy messages, saying -like – ‘I love you’ – to try to lure him in,” says Stefanie. She says her boyfriend fell for the ruse, never knowing it was Cheryl.
“After I caught her and told her about it, then she was like ‘But I did you a favor,’” says Stefanie.
Cheryl admits she interfered but claims it was because “his mother and father were telling me that they didn’t want her seeing him anymore.”
Why does Cheryl say she doesn’t want Stefanie dating Michael?
Tune in to Wednesday’s Dr. Phil.
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Cheryl says she objects to her 26-year-old daughter, Stefanie, dating Michael – her boyfriend of a year-and-a-half. She’s claiming that Michael drinks too much, doesn’t work and lets Stefanie pay for everything. TELL DR. PHIL YOUR STORY: Conflict so big it needs a Dr. Phil solution?
Michael denies Cheryl’s claims, asserting that he takes college classes 10 hours a week, and works part-time as a teaching assistant. Why A Woman Claims She’s The Object Of ‘Emotional Incest’
“She absolutely could have met someone who had a job and wasn’t an alcoholic,” says Cheryl, alleging that Michael wrecked Stefanie’s car while he was impaired and let Stefanie take the blame. “She lied to the police and told them she was the one driving.”
Stefanie admits she took responsibility for crashing the car because she “didn’t want to see him go to jail for another alcohol-related issue.”
Michael says he used to hide behind drinking to cope with Body Dysmorphia Disorder. He says he’s been to rehab and claims he doesn’t abuse alcohol anymore, because of his relationship with Stefanie. “I’ve been through a lot of things, with her – without her. But the bottom line is I’d much rather be with her, and she won’t accept me being a heavy booze drinker in a relationship with her.”
Does Cheryl accept Michael’s assertion that he doesn’t have a drinking problem? And why does she say she got upset when she discovered Michael didn’t buy Stefanie anything for Valentine’s Day?
Tune in to Wednesday’s Dr. Phil. Find your local listing here.
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