Okami wrote:It's a zero sum game mate, there is no win-win with your wife and that can really mess us up and lead to bad decisions being made.
My recent one is the first floor. My In-laws want it converted to a living room, my wife wants it converted to a play area/living room. I was an adamant no, till she ruined our date night about it. I decided to compromise, I'll clean it up and move everything, but I want curtains. Her response, "Why does it always have to be about what you want? Curtains are hard to clean." I was the one going to have to install them, move all my stuff from the 1st fl to the 4th, and then move all the 2nd flr stuff to the first. This has been going on for her for 3 years.
Sometimes it's just about power and who has it. Your kid steps foot in Taiwan before 18 with your wife and she'll have it all over you. Ask pgdaddy how well that worked out for him.
It could have worked out a lot worse for me, I realise that now. At least my two sons in Taiwan are being looked after my caring and loving mothers, and the lines of communication are open, we are all more or less at peace now they know they have a father who loves them and misses them.
Yes, of course you should avoid allowing your wife to take your daughter child back to Taiwan at all costs- because yes, it's likely that you will not see her for many years if this does happen. However this is easier said than done. Australia does have properly enforced electronic watched list (unlike the UK) but this are just temporary pending a court decision, and the mother usually wins in court; you will spend tens of thousands on legal fees and your wife might get legal aid if she has no funds (or claims that she has no funds). It's happened before and it will happen again.
It may sound hard to take, but you are going to have a very hard time ahead if you have to fight for custody of your daughter in court. Your best option is to try to make peace with your wife now, and yes- seek relationship counselling for you both and anger counselling for her, if she can accept that she has a problem.
Good luck to you.