My daughter-in-law has been a nightmare since she had a baby

DEAR DEIDRE: SINCE my son married his girlfriend and had a child with her, she has turned into a monster.

She’s made his life hell with constant bullying and nagging. She even called him a “waste of space”. Now she says she wants a divorce.

He’s 32 and she’s 30. They’ve been married for two years and have a one-year-old baby.


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They own a flat together, for which he paid the deposit. He works, while she doesn’t, and pays all the bills.

But when he comes home, he still has to make his own dinner and do all the childcare.

She says she’ll get the baby and the flat when they divorce but insists he’ll have to pay the mortgage. She won’t see a solicitor or have mediation.

I’m 60 and don’t want to be an interfering mother-in-law but I hate seeing my son so unhappy. I can’t bear to think of him losing everything.

DEIDRE SAYS: Of course you want to protect your son but you are right that it is not your place to speak to his wife.

Only they know what is going on in their relationship and there might be issues he hasn’t told you about.

She could have postnatal depression. All you can do is support your son.

Suggest some relationship counselling, even if he goes alone. Give him my support pack on Counselling and recommend he contacts Tavistock Relationships (tavistockrelationships.org, 020 7380 1960).

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