My wife and I have allowed our son and his wife to live with us for the past 6 months. Our son pays a minimal amount ($300 per month for himself and his wife) for all utilities, food, cell phone service, all other amenities. Recently, our son and his wife began arguing, each threatening
to leave, and for no apparent reason, his wife has now been psychologically abusing my wife for the past week, with no provocation whatsoever on my wife's part (I have suspected for some time that our daughter in law has some mental health issues).As a result of our daughter in law's treatment of my wife (there has been no physical abuse
), last night my wife was distraught nearly to the point of needing emergency treatment. Our daughter in law appears immune to any reason or entreaty that she act decently, and the problem likely will not be resolved by a normal discussion among adults. It can be assumed that our son will be of no help to my wife, or me, in this situation.I know that my wife does not wish to alienate our son, and her condition would likely worsen, to say the least, were I to, for instance, give our son and his wife notice and file an unlawful detainer action to force them to vacate (I'm assuming the $300 would be construed as rent).I should mention that our son is actually my stepson, and despite years of effort, I have never been able to communicate with him.Is there anything you see in this fact pattern that might allow me to help my wife out of this situation? I think the daughter in law has already violated this state's domestic abuse
statute, but once again, to take that road would likely cause my wife serious emotional harm. I'm at my wits' end.