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Many couples have problems with their in-laws or maybe I should say out-laws. Extended family has created many problems in marriages throughout time. My recommendation is to create boundaries between you as a couple and your families. This isn't easy as some extended families really push to keep in control of their children's life. Nevertheless, couples should plan a strategy for maintaining their relationship and keeping it strong if extended families are hurting the marriage. This doesn't have to be a ending of contact, but it may need to be an open discussion with extended family about what type of influence they can be in your lives.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|