3 Healthy Boundaries to Set With Your Parents After You’re Married

Unchecked involvement by either partner’s parents can wear down the trust and intimacy of any couple. Conflict may arise when spouses have differing ideas about family interaction or feel guilty about denying a parent’s wishes. Financial decisions, debt, and income should not be shared with parents and any advice should be jointly considered. Emotional support belongs to the spouse and should not be replaced by a parent’s good intentions. Physical space and time alone should also be safeguarded well. Setting healthy boundaries around the key parts of married life is essential in maintaining healthy separation and deepening intimacy.

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