September 10, 2015
DEAR ABBY: I recently married the love of my life. However, a few years ago, I had an affair with his uncle. It was a terrible mistake. Should I explain this to my husband or keep my shameful secret a secret? Please tell me what I should do. - Confused wife in the East DEAR CONFUSED WIFE: I vote for telling your husband the truth. Better he should hear it from you now than hear about it later from his uncle. Everything would be fine if married boss would buzz off DEAR ABBY: I started a new job four months ago after being out of work because of a large downsizing at my last employer's, an insurance company.
April 29, 2015
I'VE PARENTED both as a noncustodial father and as a married father, and the experiences are vastly different - both for the parent and for the child. As a noncustodial father, a man can be reduced to little more than a voice on a phone, a playmate on a weekend or a name on a check. He can be, in essence, placed firmly in the margins of his child's life, even if he desperately wants to be in the center. I have lived that unending struggle, and I have learned the lessons that it taught.
March 21, 2015 |
Pastor Willie Singletary, a former Philadelphia Traffic Court judge, rolled up to the federal courthouse Thursday with a tour bus filled with churchgoing supporters, wearing a dapper dark suit and with his vocal cords primed to deliver the sermon of his life. In a reach-to-the-rafters performance before U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel, the 33-year-old recounted his rise to the bench and pleaded for mercy in a preacher-like cadence while invoking everything from his thwarted childhood desires to play Nintendo to recent racial strife between the black community and police.
July 16, 2014
I'VE PERIODICALLY invited readers to write to me about family feuds that involve their personal finances. You certainly don't want to fight with anyone over money, especially with your family. Yet, when you mix money and family, the fights can cause deep divides and years of resentment. Such is the case of one mother who wrote about her relationship with her adult son over child support that his father was not paying. The background: When those payments became $40,000 in arrears, the reader said she decided to take the father to court.
April 22, 2014 |
BILL McMONAGLE went to work every morning wearing a bulletproof vest. He needed it because part of his job was to go after deadbeat dads, who frequently weren't happy about having to fork over support payments to women they no longer loved. Bill was shot at, hit over the head with a banister post, and, of course, regularly threatened and raked by verbal abuse. It was part of the job. Bill McMonagle was head of the Philadelphia Family Court bench-warrant unit. He not only tracked down deadbeat dads, but he also found children who had been kidnapped by irate parents, usually fathers.
November 14, 2013 |
MONTGOMERY County authorities rounded up 18 alleged child-support deadbeats yesterday morning in a predawn raid. The Sheriff's Department and Domestic Relations Office teamed up to track down 37 people with outstanding warrants for unpaid support. Those arrested collectively owe $180,000 in unpaid support for 25 children, officials said. Authorities last summer offered an amnesty program after a similar sweep in June. But this time, they decided, "these defendants had already had a chance to resolve their issues," according to a statement from the sheriff's office.
June 18, 2013 |
About 10 deadbeat Montgomery County parents had a rude awakening this morning when sheriff's deputies came knocking on their doors to serve warrants for failure to pay child support. Sheriff Eileen Behr said 20 deputies began looking around 1 a.m. for parents who have not paid court ordered child support. About 10 arrests were made in the Phoenixville, Pottstown, Norristown and Jenkintown areas. They are still looking for another 29 individuals, she said. "They had their chance to come in last week to strike deal," Behr said About $5 million in back support is owed to families in Montgomery County, Behr said.
March 22, 2013
DEAR HARRY: I was married for five years before I finally got a divorce in January 2012. The divorce agreement provided that he was to support our two boys until they reached 18. It also provided that I was to have full custody, but that he would be able to claim the boys as dependents. He is now almost a year behind in his child support and alimony. Fortunately, my parents are able to help us. My income is only $37,000 a year. Last week, I got a notice from his CPA requesting that I sign a Form 8332 granting him the right to claim the children as dependents on his 2012 tax return.
March 21, 2013 |
Question: My father was a nightmare. When I was a kid, he would tell me I was "a b- just like your mother" and throw things at me; he threw me down the stairs once and broke my arm. By the time I was 13, I realized I hated him and wanted him gone. Eventually I convinced my mother to leave him. I was 15 then and it's been about 10 years since I've seen or spoken to him. Over the years, my father has sent me cards on my birthday and other holidays, telling me how much he loves and misses me but never acknowledging what he did. He always sends sizable checks, usually several hundred dollars.
February 23, 2013
Luge team's sleds lost in Pa. Some of the U.S. luge team's sleds went slip-sliding away down a Pennsylvania road. Now USA Luge is trying to get them back, and needs the public's help. Team marketing director Gordy Sheer said Thursday that he was returning to his hotel after working at an eastern Pennsylvania ski resort last week when five sleds fell out the back of the truck. They were gone by the time he realized what had happened. State police said a man in a black truck was seen picking up the sleds and driving off with them.