Do you want a great relationship with your spouse? Of course you do. New research says that begins with a great relationship with your in-laws.
According to a University of Michigan study published in the journal Family Process, relationships with the in-laws, “may be a source of support in a marriage, but conflict may lead to chronic stress and negative emotions.”
The study looked at interviews from 132 middle-aged couples. Researchers also found it’s more important for men to have a positive relationship with the in-laws, since women tend to be closer to their parents.
These findings are similar to a 2013 poll from Co-operative Legal Services that says 1 in 10 divorces were because of the in-laws.
Bottom line here: you should really find it in your heart to love your spouse’s parents, or at least use this knowledge to fake it ‘til you make it!