Hi Everyone, I have been reading through various posts around here and am really amazed by the problems being discussed and the support and suggestions being shared. I have been trying to get suggestions reading various posts about the problem I have and thought, it would be more appropriate to seek some thoughts by directly posting my problem. We have been married for 4.5 yrs now and we have a lovely daughter. I would not say, our life was very good so long, but was good, with the usual quarrels and compromises. Now for the past 3months, my wife is living with her parents, have admitted my daughter in a school in their place, and refuses to speak to me nor allow me to speak to my daughter. I realise, all these were sparked by some exchange of words, that I landed into when my MIL visited us, and wanted to take my DW back with her and my DW can go for some work, where as I resisted saying she can very well find a job here with me itself. There has been no communication for the past three months, after they left without informing me, when I was away at office, taking my daughter. My repeated attempts to get in touch on phone was ignored and my common friend was turned away and my bil, was told that I have abused my DW, treated her as slave and mis-behaved with my mil etc., and they wanted to talk in person with my bil who lives in a different city. After a long time, today my call was attended and again I was alleged that I misbehaved and abused etc., and was threatened that they would initiate legal action against me for my behavior, if i don't come to terms ( don't know what terms ?) We live in different metros in India. I have been thinking for long, that only mistake I did was to get in to quarrel with my mil, where as well, she was on the leading front, trying to provoke me, while i tried hard to keep my cool. My wife clearly knows everything as she was witness to this and she also knows well, how much I love her and my daughter. I have treated her well, and shared the family responsibility etc., i knew she was getting depressed at home alone, and tried to get her engaged in something or other, but she was not able to hang on on one thing for some time. I also wanted to make her independent, as she was pampered in her house, and was not much exposed to external world or friends / relatives before marriage. What can I do now ? I miss my dear daughter a lot and not to mention my DW as well. The way things are going, there is no indication from their side for anything positive. I am literally being blackmailed, keeping my wife and daughter as hostage under their control. Any thoughts ?