Mom suspects daughter is cheating on military husband, asks for help

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A worried mother of a military wife reached out to Dear Abby, the advice column penned by Jeanne Phillips whose mother founded the column in 1956, to ask for help on Monday.  The mother said she is staying with her daughter to help her out with her infant child while her husband his away, but suspects she is being unfaithful to her husband.

: My daughter and son-in-law are both in the military. Currently her husband is stationed elsewhere. They have a 6-month-old daughter, and I’m staying with her to help her out for now. I have a gut feeling that she is cheating. Do I have the right to ask her? – WORRIED MOTHER IN CALIFORNIA

DEAR WORRIED: Of course you do – that’s what mothers are for. You also have the right as her mother to point out that if it’s true, what the consequences of her fling may be when her husband returns. When you talk to her, try not to come across as judgmental as much as concerned, and be prepared to do a lot of listening, because people don’t usually start affairs for no reason.

In the military, service members can be punished under article 134 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice but if their spouse is a civilian they are exempt from this law.

Article 134, paragraph 62, states, “Adultery is clearly unacceptable conduct, and it reflects adversely on the service record of the military member.”

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