Answered by Ustadha Noura Shamma, SunniPath Academy Teacher
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The father-in-law is a mahram to his daughter-in-law from the time she consummated the marriage with his son onwards; even after the death of the son or the dissolving of the marriage through divorce.
The general rule in the Shariah is that once a person becomes a mahram, the status is irrevocable. They are now mahram for life.
For more information on proper levels of interaction, see the links below.
1. Question: he Fiqh of Covering One's Nakedness (Awra): A Detailed Explanation
2. Question: Can a father in law be a mahram for his daughter in law, i.e. take her on hajj? Does a daughter in law have to maintain full hijab in from of her father in law? http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?ID=248
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