Surviving Your “Monster-in-Law” During Your Family Law Case

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As a seasoned family law attorney, I can tell you that some situations I’ve seen in real-life cases are not too far from fiction. For example, have you ever heard someone call their spouse’s parent a “monster-in-law?”

The phrase gained popularity when a movie came out in the mid-2000’s named Monster-in-Law (2005) starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda, and it was about a mother who was super-overprotective over her grown son and his chosen wife to be!

The situation from the loved on-screen comedy is similar to what experienced family law lawyers see all the time when handling cases that have to do with serious issues such as custody, and that’s the parent of one party harassing their son or daughter’s spouse.

Your Sacramento Family Law Attorney’s Monster-in-Law Advice

There was some good advice on this topic that I read in a published piece from Family Education in late 2022, where the author, Elisa Cinelli, told her readers that it is a good idea for each party to “address their own parents when issues come up” (Cinelli, 2022). 

This applies to so many situations where there’s family conflict with in-laws and,  no matter how upset you get with your monster-in-law, as your Sacramento family law attorney my advice to you would be to keep your cool, no matter what your father or mother-in-law does to try and provoke you. 

Many times (not all the time, but in a large number of instances), there is a mother-in-law who doesn’t necessarily like or get along with, say, her daughter’s husband, and will voluntarily involve herself into a situation such a divorce by, to put it bluntly, sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong.

Family law issues are complicated enough with all of the going back and forth with a spouse about who will keep the child permanently, how visitation will go, etc., without an in-law butting in and making things worse, trying to have things their way. 

Contact Us Today for Family Law Advice in Being Civil Towards Your Monster-in-Law!

Give us a call today at the Law Offices of Eric Mercer, and we’ll guide you through the process of a separation from your spouse, whether you have a monster-in-law or any other issues that you are unsure how to handle. 

About the author 

Eric Mercer

Eric Mercer is the owner and primary attorney at the Law Office of Eric Andrew Mercer based in Sacramento, California, but represents clients all over California. He started his legal career as a patent litigator at an intellectual property law firm in Palo Alto, California. He formed his own law firm in 2009, where his practice includes family law, consumer law, and personal injury. His family law practice focuses on parents’ custody rights and support. His consumer practice focuses on individual and class action litigation involving mortgage loan servicing, foreclosure avoidance options, mortgage origination, foreclosure rescue scams, automobile fraud, and unfair debt collection. His personal injury practice focuses on bicycle and motorcycle accidents. He is experienced in California and federal courts through all phases of litigation, trial and appeal.

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