Irish husband sends bill to wife for looking after her 'disruptive' mother
A husband told his wife he would be sending her a bill for the costs of accommodating her âexceptionally difficultâ and âdisruptiveâ mother in their marital home.
The man said the 78-year-old broke a number of boundaries while staying with the couple, the family law court in Ennis, Co Clare, heard.
The husband added his mother-in-law came into the marital bedroom in her underwear one Saturday morning when he was having a lie-in with his wife.
She also rearranged his socks, underwear and shirts in his wardrobe and came into the ensuite bathroom when he was drying himself after a shower.
He told the court: âFor me, enough was enough. I cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for her [his mother-in-law] non-stop. I make her favourite dish, sherry trifle, and she pours the extra bit of sherry in for herself.â
The court heard the marriage betwee n the couple âhas irretrievably broken downâ due to a financial issue and the presence of the mother-in-law at the home has been a continuing source of tension over recent months.
In the case, the manâs wife was seeking a safety order against her husband but Judge Fiona Lydon said it hasnât been proven one is required and dismissed the application.
The wife told the court her husband told her: "I can expect from his solicitor a bill for my mother staying in the family house. However, I pay all the bills."
One flashpoint was last Christmas when the man was watching a Tommy Fleming concert on TV.
He told the court: âI poured myself a glass of wine and at around 11.45pm, the mother just burst through the door and she was ranting about the television being on. I was highly offended â" this woman was a guest in my house.â
The man said he would have âno problemâ if his mother-in-law came three or four times a year spending thre e or four weeks at a time.
He added: âBut the thing is she is a guest in my house. She cannot â" Iâm sorry â" she cannot be allowed to raise her voice at me and tell me what I can watch and canât watch on television.â
The man said because of his mother-in-lawâs âsulking behaviour, she is an exceptionally difficult womanâ.
The court also heard the man spent â¬900 on shrubs and plants and the mother-in-law pulled up the ones that didnât appeal to her and threw them into the bin.
His counsel told the court that the pensioner âhas been causing so much trouble and strife and is so disruptive as a guest in a houseâ.Source: Google News