After my wife & I separated, she accidently burned down the house. She moved back with her mom (in OH) and our daughter.
The MIL was going to a company picnic and told my daughter to clean off the makeup or she was staying home (wife was working). Daughter didn't, MIL went without her.
My daughter was around HS age. I was so POd at MIL.
My son & wife went to visit their mom and were to bring daughter back to me (in MD). After a nearly 4 hour phone call with DIL (MIL listening on other phone), they all finally left (MIL said as they were leaving: if you leave, don't come back! They never did). I happened to be at the funeral of a (not real close) friend at this time. MIL was trying to get DIL to get me to say something that would justify daughter staying.
My daughter refers to her as the ex-gramma.
BTW, wife died last January. Collapsed while doing dishes at home. Instant death. Still don't know the whole story.
I got a 2BR apartment and daughter stayed with me through HS. She lives in TX now, I'm in MO, oldest son family in MD, youngest son family in MO with me (in their own place).
So my daughter and I are very close. Talk daily, text frequently. She was the one I called when I found out about my xgf getting married behind my back. She said I talked funny for a couple of days (drunker than a skunk!).
That story is in this section if you want to read it.