Divorce is hard enough when it is just you and your spouse involved. However, in some cases, not only are you in a divorce battle with your ex, but also your in-laws. Having your in-laws poking their noses in you and your spouse’s business can be frustrating when you’re happily married, so having them do it during one of the most difficult times in your life is a nightmare.
Your divorce, just like your marriage, is you and your spouse’s business and no one else’s, including your in-laws. The last thing you need is for them to get into your ex’s ear and make what may be shaping up to be an amicable divorce negotiation a fight to the death. Suddenly, instead of divorcing one person, you’re divorcing two or more. Plus, if they’re involved, they may give your spouse access to resources that help them gain an advantage in your divorce battle. Bottom line, if it is at all possible, you should do what you can to limit the impact your in-laws have on your divorce. One of the ways you can do that is to keep things as civil as possible with them.
Tips for Dealing with Your In-Laws During Your Divorce
Maybe you had a great relationship with your in-laws or maybe you didn’t. Either way, in all likelihood, they are never going to remain neutral, let alone take your side, when it comes to you and your spouse’s divorce. The best you can do is try to keep things respectful between you and them. Here are a few tips to help you deal with your in-laws during your divorce:
- Limit Communication – The less you communicate with your in-laws, the less there’s a chance you or they say something that makes the situation worse. If you must communicate with them, keep things brief and friendly as possible. If they attempt to antagonize you, the best response is no response. This is because something you say or do could end up negatively impacting your divorce negotiations, which may be what they want.
- Be Respectful – This includes what you say and do around them and what you say and do when they’re not around. When you are interacting with your in-laws, treat them with respect, even if they do not return the favor. Also, do not talk negatively about them behind their backs, especially in front of or to your kids. Things like that rarely remain private and the last thing you want is to make things worse between you and them.
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