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  1. Sorry for the delay in getting back to all of these appreciated replies. Wow, such a variety of opinions and a lot of interesting views for me to consider! For the moment, I'm not going to ask my wife to change anything for the moment. She asked me to assess the situation with her when we both go back to visit her family in the near future (early November) and then create a plan based on what we see. I think this is reasonable. My wife has a decent Thai education and had worked as an accountant for several years before coming to the US for another degree where I met her. She's not selfish and is generally careful with spending. She also feels strongly about taking care of mom even though mom isn't good with money. Honestly, mom isn't educated and there have been some substantial family issues in the past. The wife has committed to getting a better job after the vacation and we'll take that into consideration also. I appreciate the input and also letting all of your different views of what is reasonable support. Thanks!
  2. Actually, FarangWithAPlan, your right. Cutting it off altogether until the brother brings home some verifiable bacon is reasonable.
  3. I really appreciate the feedback / confirmation / advice. I don't mind 3k and is sorta sounds like that's OK and reasonable. I'm not thrilled at 6k per month for life. We wouldn't be together if it were 10 times @ 30k :) I see both of our money as both of our money. Really with the law here, my income is her income so as I provide for everything pretty much, she shouldn't be giving too much of her money away just to live off of me. I feel that's not what she really wants either. Funny / sad thing came up in conversation over bringing gifts back and she didn't want to bring the lazy brother anything. I talked her into getting some Levi's jeans or something like that for him. I appreciate the comment that it has to come out of the wife's work so hopefully she can appreciate the work it takes to make it. I think we need to set a limit and if she makes over a certain amount of $ in a month, then we can consider sending more. We'll decide a limit and agree to stick with it. Ya, she knows the lazy brother needs to work, but mom does nothing to encourage it and we are across the ocean over here with no say. Thanks for your time.
  4. First I'd like to say I'm sorry for asking what is likely a common question that has been answered. However I did some pretty extensive searching using various key words and I'm coming up empty. I have learned a lot of useful information reading through the site so thank you for that. I'm curious what a reasonable monthly remittance to the wife's mother is and general advice. My wife and I are living here in the USA. My wife was sending 3k THB monthly to mom back in Thailand as a remittance. I was OK with this, but since about 6 months ago, this apparently has doubled and I just discovered she’s sending 6k now for the past half year. The Thai mom is in her 50s and has a little soup cart / restaurant permanently set up next to the local village temple and makes some money that way and it gives her something to do. She’s out in the provinces and a 45 minute drive from any big city. The small house she owns and lives in is old, but paid for. The Thai mom also cares for a 6 year old niece. My wife’s older adult single brother is capable, but not seeking employment and also lives at home. Mom hit up the wife a few times since we’ve been married pleading for large sums of money on top of the monthly allowance and my wife actually got pissed off and stopped talking with her for a while. We still sent the monthly payment. It sounds like the mom has money management issues and has repeatedly gotten herself in debt with the local loan sharks. My wife had bailed her out several times over the past few years and is trying to be a good wife and not continue the enablement, but has doubled the monthly payments since she loves the family and feels she needs to send it. She also says she loves her niece and wants to make sure she is taken care of. Mom had some medical issues and we recently paid a few thousand USD to help her get the operations she needed to improve her life. All in all, with everything combined, we are looking at about 5k USD this year. I want to respect my wife and her family, but also don’t want to allow this to get out of control and I see the payment situation potentially going downhill. Now is the time to act. We are going on vacation to visit the family in Thailand soon and it’s my wife’s first time back in about 5 years. We want to assess the situation before we jointly make a decision. I fully expect to provide some support lasting for the rest of mom’s life, but I want to minimize it to a reasonable / minimal level as I have my own retirement to plan for also. I come from a family where we all financially take care of ourselves and our future so I am having trouble personally accepting this aspect of the culture but I do understand it exists. I work full time and make an average income. My wife works part time and makes a minimal income. My wife does have an American degree and has said she would like to find a better job when we get back from vacation. I’m thinking about pushing for 3k THB a month plus other one off expenses as we see appropriate and we can possibly increase this sum when my wife gets a decent paying job. Mom continues to ask for things and it bothers me that her large extended family and brother do nothing to assist, but we are asked for financial help. It seems we need to set proper expectations which in my mind would be first mom making prudential financial decisions and second, the family helping as a whole according to the means. This is starting to seem reasonable, but unrealistic. What is your advice given the situation? I also know of a few mixed families who are / have in the past sent large quantities of money back regularly and it seemed the farang partner was getting milked and in some cases involved the Thai lady moving back home after a few years with a new paid off home back in Thailand and a financially drained ex. I don't see this with my wife so far and don't predict it based on her character but don't want to end up in a situation that slowly edges to this over time. Thanks for your advice.
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