Finding a partner plying another woman with drinks would be a test for the sturdiest of relationships.
But for Hazel Tempest, who described her chiropractor lover as 'a bit of a playboy' it was only the start.
Already aware her married boyfriend had 'an eye for skirt' and entertained other women in her absence, she was stunned when his latest conquest actually climbed into bed with them.
And the indignity did not end there.
Yesterday a jury cleared her of assaulting the 22-year-old police-woman, but not before their dirty laundry had been given a thorough airing via the pages of the national press.
When yesterday's 'not guilty' verdict came, the stress of the past year finally caught up with her and she broke down in tears.
The jury at Birmingham Crown Court took 50 minutes to acquit Miss Tempest, from Streetly, Walsall.
She had been accused of pushing Miss Louise Flanagin through a glass door during an argument after the off-duty policewoman climbed into the bed she had been sharing with her boyfriend of more than three years, chiropractor Dr Matthew Hunter.
She admitted pushing Miss Flanagin but denied that it had been down to jealousy or anger and said it was to defend herself and to get Miss Flanagin "out of her personal space".
The argument erupted after the policewoman had spent the evening of May 24 2005 drinking with the chiropractor, a married father-of-two who was estranged from his wife, at his home in Sutton Coldfield.
Ms Tempest told the court that she considered the house as hers and Dr Hunter's, and said they had made plans for the future together and had even talked about getting married.
She admitted that Dr Hunter, aged 33, who she described as a "bit of a playboy" who had "an eye for a skirt", sometimes took out other women when she was unavailable or working, but said this did not bother her because their relationship was "solid" and "comfortable".
She had been to a cremation and then out for dinner with friends on the evening of the alleged assault, which left Miss Flanagin with cuts and bruises.
Dr Hunter had phoned her at 10pm to see if she was coming to his house that night and she said she probably was, although when she arrived she found she could not get in because the internal door was locked.
She said she had sat with the pair and drank two rum and colas before retiring to bed, after offering to call and even pay for a taxi for the policewoman to return home.
Dr Hunter, however, invited the 22-year-old to stay the night and it was Ms Tempest who spoke to the woman's mother to confirm this was happening.
She said she then went to bed in the room she normally shared with her boyfriend, who soon followed, but that Miss Flanagin had climbed in as well after the bedroom light was turned off.
Miss Flanagin believed Ms Tempest to be the cleaner and stayed in the bedroom for ten to 15 seconds before realising that she should not be there.
She then went downstairs and the three ended up in the kitchen where Ms Tempest claimed in court that the policewoman starting shouting at her about her relationship with Dr Hunter.
The hotel manageress said Miss Flanagin was "very angry" and that she felt like she was going to be attacked and so she had pushed her away to get her out of her space.
She told the court: "It was not what she said, it was the way she said it and the close proximity. She was in my face telling me 'Who the hell do you think you are?'"
It was suggested to her that she had reacted out of jealousy and resentment towards Miss Flanagin who had invaded her relationship with Dr Hunter, but she repeatedly denied this.
Of pushing the policewoman, she said: "I did not feel like there was any other option for me."
Ms Tempest left the court yesterday without giving any reaction to her acquittal but her solicitor, David Coles, said on her behalf that she was "mightily relieved" at the result.
Mr Coles said: "She hopes to pick up the pieces and continue as she was. I am not sure what her plans are as far as Dr Hunter is concerned."
The hotel manageress had said in court that she was still in a relationship with Dr Hunter, who was in the US, and that she might join him there once the trial ended.