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What to Do if Husband Doesn’t Want to Move Out of Parent’s House?

A marriage is a new beginning, and it is only natural if you want to build your life together away from both of your families. So, if your husband doesn’t want to move out of his parents’ house, you indeed have the right to ask for at least a reasonable explanation from him.

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There may be many different reasons why your husband may refuse to leave his parents’ house. 

It is essential to separate the justified from unjustified reasons and acknowledge that such a decision can only be mutual. 

None of you should pull all the strings if you want a harmonious relationship. 

It is essential you respect each other’s needs and wishes. But, if he is simply acting immaturely and refusing to leave the nest and take full accountability for his actions, a challenging task is ahead of you. 

Nevertheless, the key to making him willing to leave his parents’ house is to understand what prompts him to refuse to leave in the first place. 

3 Reasons Why Your Husband Doesn’t Want to Move Out of Parents’ House 

Although there seems to be a myriad of reasons why your husband is unwilling to leave the parents’ home, all of them boil down to these three: 

Reason #1: Unhealthy Attachment 

Suppose your husband grew up in a family where excessive closeness, excessive control, or excessive indulgence was fostered. In that case, he likely has difficulty separating himself from his family

If they were too close, he might feel as if he is betraying them. He might feel incompetent for an independent life if there was too much control. 

If they were too indulgent, it is simply complicated for him to give up the comfort he used to enjoy. 

Indeed, these are serious issues and are not things you should tolerate for the sake of peace in your marriage.

Reason #2: Financial Challenges

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When financial stability is his central argument, it will be easy for you to confront him. 

Maybe financial security is a significant advantage in your case, OR there are other ways to achieve a better and more secure income. 

It would be best if you examined whether something else is hiding behind his need for security, some other form of personal insecurity.

Reason #3: Reluctance to Take Responsibility 

Living under the parents’ roof makes you feel like a child, even when you are pretty much an adult. 

If your husband refuses to move out, it may signal his fear of taking full responsibility. He may be afraid that you expect more of him when you start living alone as a couple. 

If he has never lived alone before, he may be overwhelmed by the prospect of having to take care of himself. 

6 Ways to Deal with a Husband Who Doesn’t Want to Leave His Parents’ Home 

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Like any important decision in marriage, deciding where to live requires careful consideration. 

Just as you don’t like it when he doesn’t want to see the other side and listen to your arguments, you also have to consider his reasons for wanting to live with his parents, however irrational they may seem to you. 

To reach a solution that both of you will be satisfied with, it is essential to look at the situation from all angles and approach the issue tactically.

1. List the Pros and Cons 

The first step is to familiarize yourself with the facts in detail and consider them all. 

Do you have problems because you live with your parents? 

Do your finances really allow you to live independently? 

Are his parents threatening your marriage in any way? 

Do you feel bad because you live with his parents? 

Do his parents actually help you a lot in your everyday life – do they help you with the children and housework? 

Does he act differently because you live with his parents? 

Think about all these questions, then make a list of valid reasons for leaving his parent’s house and staying. 

How you feel about the whole situation is also very important, and you should add that to the list of reasons. 

After you both make lists, schedule a conversation where you discuss each argument in detail. 

If, even after that, your husband is not ready to take that step, even though everything points in favor of the fact that it is better to become obsolete, maybe it is time to involve a marriage counselor in the whole situation.

2. Set Limits and Deadlines 

If you can’t come to a solution at this point, it’s a good idea to set a deadline for your husband to think it over and come up with his final position. 

If you have reached a joint decision, but he delays implementing it, setting clear time goals is an excellent way to reduce uncertainty and speed up the development of events. 

Set boundaries that you will not cross and clearly state what consequences will follow if your husband does not adhere to the agreement.

3. The Crazy Proposals Tactic

Suppose you are pretty sure that living together with his parents is not suitable for you at all, and you have no intention to you to stay under the same roof for any reason. 

In that case, you can try the tactics of crazy proposals. The idea is to present that you agreed to live with his parents as a concession and ask him to make a concession to you as well. 

For example, you can request that since you live with his parents, you go alone on vacation with your friends while he stays home with the children. You can suggest you live with your parents instead of his because that is the only fair thing. 

The point is to put him in a situation that will be as uncomfortable for him as it is for you to live with his parents.

4. Suggest a Compromise

If there is no really good reason to live with his parents, you can suggest moving somewhere where his parents will still be close. 

That way, he will keep the feeling that his parents are close at hand if he needs them, but his everyday life will look completely different. 

Maybe his parents will even thank you for the fact that you managed to get their bird out of the nest.

5. What if You Have No Choice?

Suppose the situation is such that you can’t afford to live separately from his parents at the moment. In that case, working on your coping skills is the only solution. 

There’s always more than one way to adapt to any situation. Still, we often fail to see the alternatives as we are used to doing things a certain way. 

Maybe this situation is a chance to practice assertiveness, enhance your communication skills, learn conflict management skills and develop personally. 

If you find a way to co-live with his parents peacefully, there’s nothing you can’t solve! Having a bigger picture in mind will also prove useful in this case. 

Remind yourself that however bad it seems, you won’t live with his parents forever. 

6. Ultimatums Are Sometimes Good 

It is very strange if your husband has such a hard time choosing between living alone with you and living together with his family. 

It really indicates a certain immaturity and is a big red flag. Not only is it normal for his attitude to worry you, but you should also think about your future together. 

Will a person who cannot separate from their parents be a good enough parent to your children? 

What will happen if you need someone to take care of you when you get sick or become incapacitated for another reason? 

A healthy marriage is a marriage made by two adults and mature people. 

If one partner does not have the capacity to take responsibility, both partners will fail as a result. 

Plus, every crisis will put their marriage into question.

Final Thoughts 

No marriage is easy and requires a constant search for a compromise and joint solutions. 

However, the way of life and the organization of everyday life is something that it is undoubtedly wisest to agree on before you even get married. 

But even then, there is a possibility that some traits, attitudes, and habits of your partner will surprise you. 

Certainly, marriage should be your safe haven, your partner someone you can rely on in every sense, so the decision to live together should solve and not create new problems in your relationship. 

If you cannot deal with this situation on your own, do not hesitate to seek the advice of a marriage counselor, psychotherapist, or other mental health professional. 

Very often, couples waste a lot of time on questions that, with a bit of professional help, can be solved in just one conversation.