We moved back a year ago. In that year she drives by while my husband is at work. She may go a week or to with out doing it (or I don't see her). She as followed me to stores. To the dry cleaners and just set in her car watching me then get on her phone and a few min latter drives a way. She has been asked not to do it. (By my husband ). But has never stoped. If I bring it up I get yelled at because he has talked to her. What should I do. She will stop if she sees me or the kids outside. P
About the best you can do is ignore her. There is no legal action except stalking, which is a stretch. If you believe a petition for order of protection based upon stalking would make her stop, then try it but you are likely not going to win unless you demonstrate fear or other endangerment. Your mother in law needs to get a life. Sorry you are going through this.
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I agree with attorney Goldstein that short of escalating the situation, it is probably best to ignore her. Of course, you may want to do just the opposite when you see her. What if you waved or sent a friendly 'Hello' her way. Sometimes the solution is to try a bit of 'kindness'-- Doing this may embarrass the heck out of her,,, it may work or not, but perhaps no harm in it either.
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I agree with both attorneys on this. There is little to no legal action on this issue. You can also attempt to get a Mutual Non Harassment Order, but your best bet is to ignore her.
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