Can parents annul their daughter's marriage?

Question:

Please Minister,

Can it be right for a parent to annul a marriage of their daughter based on a disrespectful behavior shown toward them by their son-in-law? Can a married woman divorce her husband based on the same reason?


Answer:

A marriage covenant is between a husband and wife (Matthew 19:4-6). Parents are not a part of the covenant, so they cannot end a marriage regardless of the reason.

People divorce for all sorts of poor reasons, but it doesn't mean God is happy about it (Malachi 2:16). The only reason for divorce that allows for a remarriage is because the spouse is committing fornication (Matthew 19:9). A divorce for any other reason means the person cannot marry again, unless it is to reconcile with his spouse (I Corinthians 7:10-11).

Thank you for the clarification.