Also compare They Do—the point past which the Romance Arc is concluded and the relationship becomes a constant that feeds plot threads.Contrast Derailing Love Interests— where a relationship downgrade happens to a Romantic False Lead so an Official Couple can be hooked up. in a Last Minute Hookup) the two are far from synonymous; a Relationship Upgrade can be the beginning of hardships, trials and tribulations that the relationship may not survive at all.Deal with your difficult relatives by staying calm and being assertive.

Also, it can help to distance yourself from them when it's necessary to save your sanity.

When you’re in a relationship, it may be important to you that your family gets along with your partner. It’s awesome when our partners can be involved in multiple areas of our lives and hang out with the other people we care about. What if your parents or other family members disapprove of your partner? It might make you feel terrible or torn between your family and your partner.

It might seem like the easiest solution, but remember: all healthy relationships are built on trust, respect and communication, and that includes your relationship with your family.

If you already have a relatively healthy relationship with your family members (in other words, you feel safe talking to them and aren’t worried about them becoming verbally or physically abusive), it could help to find out what their specific objections are to your partner/relationship. Do they not like the way your partner talks to you?

You might respectfully let them know that while you appreciate their feelings, you don’t agree with them.

You could suggest that you all try spending more time together so they can get to know your partner better.

Compare Relationship Reveal—a moment where an implied but existing couple becomes canon.

A move from casual to serious can involve I Got You a Drawer.

Not to be confused with characters upgrading their abilities by socialization.