(Closed) To divorce or not to divorce…

posted 6 years ago in Family
Post # 3
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Family is a very touchy subject to bring up and so I would do it in counselling, where you have a neutral third party who can coach both of you in expressing how you feel and find solutions together.


Post # 4
3039 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m so sorry that thing has not worked out for the two of you. Do you think things would change if you were to relocate, so that you were living further away from his family? A few hours on a plane would put a good distance between you and them, and then you might have time to develop your marriage into something more along the lines of what you had pictured.

Post # 5
6123 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Tina22:  Hugs, to you!  So sorry you are going through this. 

I think marital counseling would be a great step.  How close do the ILs live?  Does your H stand up to them?  It seems he rolls over and does what mommy says otherwise things would not be this difficult!  Now that you’re married, your H should consider YOU his #1 family and if he is putting his other family above you, then he need a priority adjustment.

I knew a couple that almost divorced due to family issues.  The bride’s family did not like the groom.  The groom even overheard his Father-In-Law say rude things about him at his own wedding to FIL’s friend and he’s never forgotten it.

It seems there will always be this conflict.  Conflict doesn’t necessarily equal divorce.  Marriage will always have some conflict.  You guys need to learn a new way in DEALING with this conflict – hence why you need a therapist to help guide you.

Post # 6
338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

So sorry to hear that!! I think it would be a shame for you to divorce because of someone else of course it must be difficult to have such issues with ILs but all I can say is fight for your marriage!! Most MILs are just difficult as they feel like someone is taking their son away from them and in this case the fact that they expect financial help from him makes it worse! Your Darling Husband needs to stand for you as you now are his priority!! Hope you get through this!!

Post # 7
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I agree, is there any way relocation is possible? I assume your husband still wants to be close to the family or else you could avoid them a bit more?


To be honest I’m not sure what you meant about them wanting you to wait so they could get retirement pay… is that because they had to pay for your wedding?


I think your only way forward is to explain to your husband that his family is too much for you to handle and you want as little to do with them as possible. He can go and visit them if he wishes but you won’t be going with him. I urge you not to divorce, though there must be more reasons than you’ve listed here because it it’s a hurdle but not a mountain

Post # 8
9139 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

The only thing I will say is that since you knew it going in, you do owe it to yourself and your husband to try everything to make your relationship work.  At this point it seems the only option is counseling.  If he refuses to go with you for couples counseling then I would still recommend individual counseling for your own sanity.  Regardless of whether you decide to stay or go, counseling will be helpful.

Post # 10
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Tina22:  I too have serious IL issues, the key is to not let them decide the fate of your marriage.  You seem to be more upset with how his family is treating you then actually your Darling Husband.  I’m not sure if he isnt sticking up for you or things you say around him about his family which is causing the strain but you both need to sit down and talk together.  This is not a deal breaker.   Does he see you side of the issue and how his parents are treating you?   I have a Future Mother-In-Law and Future Sister-In-Law from hell, I will never get along with them and I no longer go to any family functions where they will be there, but my Fiance understands where I’m coming from.  We sat down and had a long talk about how to progress from here. 

It sounds bad but sometimes distance between people are key.  We both are considering moving back to NJ after living in FL for a year to distance ourselves from them since 5 hours right now isn’t far enough.  The key is you both have to be on the same page, but something eventually will have to give.  Your Darling Husband needs to see how upset you are over this, understand your points, and no matter what your married you should be his top priority.

Post # 11
346 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Tina22:  You say moving away is not an option because of jobs, but in reality is it worth losing your entire marriage because you need to get a new job? 

I understand in this economy its hard and i’m not sure where exactly you live or what your profession is but sometimes although you don’t want to moving is a good option.  It would be a fresh beginning for both of you.  My Fiance has a great fiance job right now and I like my current position but, we are moving regardless of those factors.  Who knows you may find a position you love so much more than the one you have now.

Post # 12
9230 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

He gave your puppy away?! That’s just cruel.

Post # 13
14 posts
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Tina22:  I am in a similar situation, HUGS TO YOU! It is hard and every day feels like a rollercoaster. We moved away, the very opposite side of the US and it did not get better. It only got worse. You cannot run away from it. Thats what we did and believe me, it wont change, it WILL follow you. The issues started with only my Mother-In-Law and have now made its way to the entire extended family. The issues with my marraige is my husband puts his family first and doesnt stand up for us, even lets bad things be said in front of me…. Private message me if you like, I feel like we could have a good conversation. I would suggest to start with couseling and see what happens from there.

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