His Mom Threatened to Take His Wife to Court When She Told Her They Were Moving, And His Reaction Put Him in the Dog House

A man recently found himself in the middle of a conflict between his wife and his mother. His wife had a job opportunity in another city, which meant they and their children would need to move. His mother was inconsolable over the loss of her grandchildren, and a major fight ensued, with the man forced to pick sides. Here’s what he had to say.

His mother babysat

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The man started by explaining that he and his wife Liz both lived in the same city as his parents. They had been married for seven years and had children in preschool. Since they both had to go to work, his mother was happy to babysit her grandkids.

They were moving

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“Liz is the one with a much larger income,” said the man. “She got an even better job opportunity that is requiring us to move to another city.” The man said he was on board for moving since he would just find a new job wherever they moved. His family was not quite so agreeable.

A big fight broke out

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His mother was distraught when she heard the news about their potential move. Liz said that they would just hire a babysitter wherever they moved, but this wasn’t good enough for the man’s mother. She didn’t want her grandchildren to leave for another city far away from her.

She wanted to keep her grandkids

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The man’s mom even came up with a highly unorthodox suggestion. “Mom said she doesn’t want her grandkids moving away—even said we should let the kids live at her house while we move,” said the man. “Liz laughed at her, and Mom lost it.”

She wouldn’t take no for an answer

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The man’s mother hurled some insults at Liz and said she wouldn’t let the children move without a fight. More insults were exchanged. At this point, Liz had finally had enough—she told her mother-in-law to mind her own business and keep out. But this only led to further escalation.

She threatened legal action

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“Mom firmly told her she was dead wrong,” said the man, “and proceeded to tell her that she, as an involved grandmother, knows her rights and she will be taking Liz and me to court to ensure she still gets to see her grandkids.” Liz was totally stunned by the threat. She turned to the man for backup, but he thought that she was being unfair to his mother.

He did nothing

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The man argued that his mother had every right to be upset about losing access to her grandchildren. “I honestly told Liz that she was a bit selfish to not consider my mom’s feelings and her crucial presence in the kids’ life first,” he said. Liz couldn’t believe her ears.

Liz needed support

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Liz expressed how hurt she was that the man was siding with his mother over his own wife. She said that she needed support from him and was not getting any. The man, for his part, said that it was all her idea to move in the first place, so Liz should be responsible for the emotional fallout.

Was he wrong?

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The man was stuck in a tough position. He wanted to support his wife’s decision to move, but he also felt that he couldn’t invalidate his mother’s feelings. So he turned to the Internet for advice.

The Internet responded

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“You’re spineless,” said one reply. “That’s your family and kids…. Absolutely pathetic behavior.” Another said, “You married and had kids with Liz, not your mother. Are you really okay with your mom threatening to take your children?”

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