Family Divided After Mom Refuses to Change Son’s Surname | 22 Words

It's that time of the day again... It's time to see who's experiencing a predicament and needs advice from random strangers on the internet! And this time, we have a woman who refused to change her son's last name after the child's father died and she got remarried.

Taking to Reddit, the woman explained how her new husband's family did not appreciate the controversial move and have been slamming her as a "hypocrite."

"My mother-in-law and sister-in-law said I was a hypocrite for expecting them to treat my son as their own and yet refuse to let them give him their last name," she wrote, as per The Mirror. "I responded that they're the ones letting a name dictate the kind of relationship they have with my son. I don't understand why it's so important to have my son have their last name. Like it's supposed to complete him or something."

She continued: "My mother-in-law still argued about it after I said this was between me and my husband and didn't stop so I left during dinner then got a text from her, thanking me for rudely telling her that her family's name isn't good enough for me and my son."


Then she took things to a whole new level when she said that she wouldn't treat the woman's son as part of their family.

"She emptied the room she had for when my son visits and my sister-in-law sent her husband to get back the gifts she gave to my son and made up an excuse for it.

"I was hurt and consulted my mum who said I should show my inlaws compliance if I wanted benefits for me and my son's future since they have potentials and are well off. My son's current last name is 'useless' at this point according to her."

She also added that the whole incident has left her new husband feeling conflicted: "My husband is conflicted - one minute he's saying his mum kind of has a point, the next he's on the phone yelling at her to stop it."


The advice poured in, with many people suggesting that the woman has the right to do whatever she thinks is best for her child and that her mother-in-law should stop being so difficult.

"Your mother-in-law is a piece of work and I am appalled that your husband is not backing you up on this. You are absolutely right in that your son already has a father," one user wrote.

What do you think? Is she right in this scenario?