January 28, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I have been married for 10 years. Four years ago, while waiting for our divorce to be finalized, I decided I'd start dating online and suggested she do the same. We were still friends, so I didn't think it was crossing any boundaries. My online dating efforts were met with peculiar results. All of the six women I connected with either stood me up or made excuses why they couldn't or wouldn't meet me in person. Out of frustration I began dating my wife again and we canceled the divorce proceedings.
December 17, 2015 |
An Orthodox rabbi from Lakewood, N.J., has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for orchestrating a conspiracy to extort religious divorces from unwilling husbands using beatings, stun guns, and an electric cattle prod. Rabbi Mendel Epstein, 70, appeared Tuesday for sentencing before U.S. District Judge Freda Wolfson in Trenton. In April, Epstein, dubbed "the Prodfather" by some in the media, was convicted by a jury of conspiracy related to the kidnappings and assaults on recalcitrant husbands.
December 2, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: After almost two years of counseling, my husband and I decided this year we'd be happier apart. We've been married 22 years and have two adult girls. We are all in a good place. He and I will always be family, and we function well as parents and friends. For the last 15 years or so, I've been one of those people who sends out the Dreaded Christmas Letter. Only mine isn't dreaded. People look forward to it. Yes, really.
November 28, 2015 |
Fogle's divorce final Disgraced Subway spokesman Jared Fogle and wife Kathleen McLaughlin finalized their divorce Nov. 16, three days before he was sentenced to 15 years in prison, says ABC News. Fogle was found guilty of trading in child pornography and paying for sex with underage girls. McLaughlin's lawyer says in court documents that Fogle had little contact with their two children throughout the couple's five-year marriage. Badu: Alien from outer space I mean, she says so herself!
November 11, 2015
IT WAS PAINFUL, but it was time for a divorce. We had been together for decades, blissfully happy, devoted, sharing and caring. She supported me through dark periods, reduced my stress, helped me celebrate unlikely victories and commiserate after painful failures. She was always with me. Just before midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 9, I had my last cigarette. I divorced nicotine from my life. Well, not nicotine , as I am still on the patch. I will not vape nor suck on plastic cigarettes or straws because I've got to break the oral link.
November 4, 2015 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My wife of 20-plus years says that she isn't getting emotional satisfaction from our relationship any longer and that I have to do something about this. This has come as a great surprise to me, but I'm willing to admit that, although I love her deeply, our routine may be just that, routine. But will just changing our routine get her to emotional satisfaction? Without a clearer understanding of it, I'm not sure what I am supposed to do. And I'll do anything.
September 28, 2015 |
WHEN MY PARENTS celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, I pulled my mom aside at the party that my eight siblings and I held for her and my dad at our childhood Catholic church. "Wow, Ma, 50 years !" I said, thinking of the country's high divorce rate. "How in the world did you guys make it to 50 years ?" My mom was not a philosopher type who slowly unpeeled an issue to its core truth. She was more of an everyday sage who swiftly got to the heart of something that might take others an hour to figure out. "Well, you know," she said, pausing for emphasis, " we never divorced . " I cracked up. My mother was at the beginning of the Alzheimer's hell that would take her life a few years later.
September 24, 2015 |
Question: I am happily married to a wonderful man. Recently, his grown son moved in with us, and I'm fine with that. However, his son uses the word retard quite often, and it bothers me - especially when he uses it with his children, 10 and 4, as in, "Don't be a retard. " My husband said I'm being "politically correct" - not a compliment. I believe it is our responsibility to teach our children compassion, and part of that is not using words that put people down for conditions over which they have no control.
September 4, 2015 |
Pope Francis' arrival in Philadelphia this month comes as Roman Catholicism is losing some of its hold among young Americans, a new national survey finds, and when many Catholics disagree with their church on a broad array of family teachings. With more than a quarter of American Catholics divorced, and 44 percent reporting they have cohabited with a romantic partner without being married, "most American Catholics are comfortable with family arrangements that have been traditionally frowned upon by the church," according to a new poll by the Pew Research Center.
August 28, 2015
D EAR ABBY: A few years ago, my sister-in-law gave me a beautiful watch for Christmas. It became my favorite accessory for any dressy occasion. However, a year ago her brother and I divorced. I still have the watch and would love to wear it, but I'm not sure if it would be appropriate or if I should give it away. Thanks for your input. - Torn in Decatur, Ill. DEAR TORN: The watch was given to you with affection, and even if you wear it in your ex-husband's presence, the chances are small that he would realize who it was from.