I have been married for 6 years and have a 1.5 year old child. I am living with my in-laws at the moment. My mother in law (MIL) is extremely controlling over my child and there is no doubt she is undergoing trauma for years due to her own bad marriage and other hormonal issues she is having for a long time. Since the birth of the child, MIL had been verbally abusive to me (she has said things like I'm not a disciplined mother, not a protective mother, she will stop child playing with me, no use me being in the house & better to go to work etc) especially in front of the child. She is also controlling all aspects of my child. My husband hasn't helped in fixing this situation and communication has been very minimum between us with him working long hours and work related travel etc. Although I never plan on divorce, I like to find out: 1. About my rights as a mother to leave the house and go to my parents house with my child if verbal abuse continues as it is not a good environment for the child or myself. 2. I have been restricted of access to child seat as well and therefore can I get help from my family for transportation to leave the house? 3. If I leave my in-laws house & my husband insists that we come back and live with his parents which I don't want to, is it best to go for alternative dispute resolution so that the child can spend time at both houses if some kind of informal agreement can be reached? Of course it is going to be difficult if both parents are living in separate places but don't really want a divorce.