Mother-in-law who wants to buy couple a house demands prenup from groom raised in poverty

Gillian Sisley

The dream of owning a house was something that was important to the Reddit user and his late parents. But for his future bride and her parents, there seems to be a miscommunication when it comes to wealth.

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

The author begins by explaining that he and his fiancee grew up in very different circumstances. While the author's parents had to struggle to make ends meet, the fiancee's parents had the financial means to send her to private school and take multiple international vacations. The author offers more clarity:

“My dad always told me it was his dream to live in a house that he owned, since we'd always rented, but he couldn't save up enough since we were renting in expensive areas with good schools. Unfortunately, both of my parents passed away before being able to realize that dream. My dad passed away when I was 17 and my mom passed away almost 3 years ago due to covid.”

According to the National Association of Realtors, the median existing-home price in the United States increased by 16.9% in 2021, compared to 2020. CNN also reports that the average home price in America in 2023 is expected to be around $386,800.

The couple met 6 years ago while they were both starting their careers, and the author has since been able to progress more quickly through the career ladder and now makes twice as much as his fiancee.

After paying off his student loans, he had been saving up for a down payment on a house as a way to fulfill his parents' dream. However, during a recent family vacation, the author and his bride received a shocking surprise:

“I proposed about 6 months ago, and things have been great so far. However, this past weekend, we were at her family's house, when her parents told us that for a wedding present, they were going to give us a house. My fiancee was overjoyed, and although I was also happy, I wanted to know the details as well. Pretty quickly, her parents told us that the house would be in her name only, and that they expected us to sign a prenup to protect any (and only) pre-marriage assets ‘just in case’.”

This didn’t sit well with the author, who feels incredibly put off by what his in-laws are insinuating with their offer, and its catch. He concludes:

"I was insulted that they thought I was after their money at all since I make more than she does anyway, and I ended up telling them that they can't call it a wedding present if they only give it to one person.”

The author is now asking if he is in the wrong for rejecting the house.

What do you think?

Is the author justified to refuse this gift from his bride’s parents, since it completely excludes him and could put the author in a rather unfavorable position as far as security is concerned?

Or is the author just being greedy, and even if only his wife’s name is on the house and he signs a prenup, his in-laws are being incredibly generous with their offer to buy the couple a house?

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