If you think that just because you get along with your parents-in-law, your extended family problems are over, think again. What happens when someone new joins the family and threatens to upset that balance? Say, your brother-in-law's wife--your sister-in-law--who seems to think that she needs to put you down to be accepted by your mutual mother-in-law? When this woman, who is not related to you by blood, seems hell-bent on pushing you off your place in the family, what do you do?

The truth is, every time someone joins a family, some adjustments need to be made. Without having to do anything out of the ordinary, the new member will cause change and disrupt the usual way people would interact with each other. But how do you deal when that new member is deliberately making trouble for you? For tips on handling the situation without descending to his or her level, scroll through the gallery below.


(First published as "In-Law Rivalry" an entry in the "Keep It Real" column in the "Good Family" section of Good Housekeeping Philippines' April 2011. Adapted for use in Female Network. Additional reporting by Jennifer Chan. Photo by Jason Hargrove via Flickr Creative Commons.)

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