Ugh! Okay, here's the thing:
Some thought-gone-for-good family members have recently resurfaced in my line since my mom and I moved to another town. In a nutshell: Years ago, one of my uncles cheated on his wife with another woman and had a child with her. He subsequently divorced his first wife and kicked her and the two children he had with her out of the house so he could marry his new girlfriend (charming, huh?)
Anyway, to get back to the point, my mom and I have started visiting with Barb (my ex-aunt) and my two cousins, Randall and Christy. Here's where we get to the heart of the matter: A few years ago, Randall had a drunken one night stand with this woman Amanda, and they produced a daughter, Reigan. (Amanda also has another daughter with another man; this one has spina bifida). Anyway, long story short, Randall has an alcohol problem. Amanda and him seperated, and she is now turning into a vindictive bitch.She refuses to let Randall see Reigan (the baby) alone; she will only allow him to see her when the rest of the family are together, but he can never see her alone at his house. She also refuses to work and continually demands money from him. She won't even let him have any pictures of her. Basically, she's playing mind games with him and using the child as a weapon.
This, in turn, just makes Randall's drinking out of control. Several times, my mom has had to go pick him up when he's passed out drunk at a bar, because the rest of his family won't bother with him. See, Amanda is also spreading lies about him, turning his family against him.
I don't want my mom to get too caught up in this, but then again, he is family and no one else will help him.