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Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

If the Comedians are to be believed, the chances of a husband getting on well with his mother-in-law are nearly zero. But if the psychologists are to be believed, he really should try. According to researchers in the USA at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Husbands who get on well with their […]

Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

Husbands Should Be Nice To Their Mother-In-Law

By Aylward Game - Nov 30, 2012 Family Law

If the Comedians are to be believed, the chances of a husband getting on well with his mother-in-law are nearly zero.

But if the psychologists are to be believed, he really should try.

According to researchers in the USA at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, Husbands who get on well with their in-laws have a 20% higher chance of avoiding divorce than the average.

In contrast to the Husbands, the research found that women who enjoy a good relationship with their in-laws have a 20% greater chance of separating.

The researchers suggested that wives who like their in-laws may find it hard to set boundaries at the start and in the following years they may feel the in-laws are meddling.

The study found that husbands who made the effort to get on with their mother-in-law were the ones most likely to stay married. These studies were based on couples between the age of 25-37 and in their first year of marriage when the study began in 1986. The researchers have followed the progress of this group ever since.

According to the lead researcher Dr. Terri Orbuch, wives should be careful about sharing details of their marriages, so that everyone respects each other’s boundaries, and husbands should make sure they treat their in-laws as “special and important”.

We don’t know if the same findings would arise in Australia, but if you find that you need some legal advice about family law matters, please speak to our partner Ian Field.

Frequently Asked Questions.

What is the relationship between a husband’s relationship with his mother-in-law and divorce rates?

According to research conducted at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, husbands who get on well with their in-laws have a 20% higher chance of avoiding divorce than the average.

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What is the relationship between a wife’s relationship with her in-laws and divorce rates?

In contrast to husbands, the research found that women who enjoy a good relationship with their in-laws have a 20% greater chance of separating. The researchers suggested that wives who like their in-laws may find it hard to set boundaries and may feel the in-laws are meddling.

What is the recommended approach for husbands and wives to maintain a healthy relationship with their in-laws?

According to the lead researcher Dr. Terri Orbuch, wives should be careful about sharing details of their marriages, so that everyone respects each other’s boundaries, and husbands should make sure they treat their in-laws as “special and important.”

Are these findings applicable to Australia?

It is unclear if the same findings would arise in Australia. However, if you require legal advice about family law matters in Australia, please speak to our partner Ian Field at Aylward Game Solicitors.

Is it really important for a husband to get along with his in-laws?

According to the University of Michigan study mentioned in the blog, husbands who have a good relationship with their in-laws are statistically more likely to avoid divorce. Of course, individual relationships can vary and not all marriages will follow this pattern.

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