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At the age of 20, the man's then-girlfriend, now-wife, purposefully got pregnant to compel him into marriage.
Despite this, he decided to stick it out until their daughter, Callie, grew up. Now, Callie is 19 and about to start university.
OP informed his wife that he plans to divorce her, as he initially intended. His wife didn't take it well, and worse, she told Callie that her father wanted a divorce because he had a "side piece."
OP should tell his daughter before her mother turns her completely
However, he should approach her carefully
"Also point out that you aren't trying to make her hate her mother."
"Your entire relationship with your wife will turn out to be a lie"
Daughter doesn't need to know any of this background
OP and his wife come from religious families, and he believed marrying was the right thing to do at the time.
How can they be sure all this hate and resentment won't rub off on their daughter?
What would his daughter learn from the full truth?
It's clear that the man is caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, his wife is already smearing his reputation to his daughter.
On the other hand, revealing the truth could irrevocably alter Callie's relationship with her mother. But given that his wife has already been damaging the relationship between him and his daughter by propagating lies, it could be argued that he has the right to clear his name.
In this situation, it's vital to weigh the potential emotional trauma his daughter might endure against the injustice he is currently facing. It's important to consider long-term implications—will this revelation serve to empower his daughter by granting her the full scope of information to make her own judgments, or will it cause more harm than good?