I so much agree this is a major part of what I was trying to say in my own response. Though maybe not the sort of bad behaviour most people picture, this father is truly abusive.
Is it possible, a least, for YOu to talk to the boy, explaining how sorry you feel about what has heppened to him, and how unfair you think it has been - and how you have tried in many ways to get his father to treat him properly, and feel as powerless as he, the boy, does ?
One wonders whether there would be any value in consulting Child Welfare people about this, to see if they can intervene. Maybe if you were to be given joint custody, you could be in a better position to protect the lad ?
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