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In-law relationships during and after a divorce

When people speak of in-laws, they sometimes remark about how horrible those in-laws are. For some people, those statements are true. For other people, the horrible in-law statements are merely jokes. For the former, there is probably no love lost after the divorce. For the latter, the divorce might be easy compared to letting the in-laws go. Virginia residents going through a divorce might be interested in learning how to handle wanting to maintain in-law relationships while going through the divorce.

In the case of it being difficult to let go of in-laws, the ex-spouses might find themselves in a rough spot. Your parents and your ex might still have a great relationship. When there are children involved, that might not be a bad thing since events like birthday parties are a lot less stressful when everyone gets along.

When your ex and your parents still get along, you have to set boundaries for the relationship. You might not want your ex to attend the family reunion or go on vacation with your family, but your parents might invite your ex. That is where setting boundaries and letting everyone know those boundaries might come in handy.

Especially when children are involved, keeping in touch with your former in-laws after the divorce might be necessary. One easy way you can do this by using social media outlets to share updates. This allows all parties to interact in a not-so-close manner, which might be easier for you and your ex.

It isn't an easy spot to know that you will lose half of your family, especially if you were close to your ex's family. It is still important, however, to make sure that you take care of yourself and put your needs above your desire to keep your ex's family close.

Source:  The Commercial Appeal, "When a divorce is easier than letting go of the inlaws" Jennifer Weigel, Jul. 23, 2014

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