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My “husband” lied about being divorced! What do I do?

Dear Carolyn, Hello. Can you help me? I am a 51-year-old woman who got into a wedded relationship (though celibate and platonic) with this 73-year-old man who needed my financial help with his social security. It turns out he never divorced his previous wife nor did she divorce him. Mine with him, I’ve been told, …

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Rent, Real Estate, and Alimony

Today’s Ask Carolyn addresses two questions about money and real estate. Our first reader asks if his daughter’s rent can be awarded to her as part of her alimony, as she is financially unable to move back out after divorce. Our second reader wants to know if he’s required to hire a real estate appraiser …

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Confronting Child Sexual Abuse

In honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, today I’m posting an excerpt from Ask Carolyn 2 that addresses one survivor’s struggle with the secrecy of childhood sexual abuse and her search for closure.   Dear Carolyn, I am now 32, and my sister is 35. We were both molested by our stepfather. Our mother “knew,” …

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7 Easter Activities That Will Delight the Kids

Easter is just around the corner! Pastels, bunnies, and eggs are the order of the day this weekend, and I’ve collected some DIY Easter crafts, activities, and recipes to help you spice up your celebrations this year. And with the long weekend from Good Friday, you’ve still got plenty of time to try these out …

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Do People My Age Really Divorce?

Dear Carolyn, I am sixty-nine.  I have been in a fifty-year marriage.  I sure would like to be out of the marriage, but I fear I am too old.  I would like my retirement to be stress-free and with someone else. Do people my age really divorce? – Old, but Fiesty   Dear Old, but …

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Summons for Jury Duty

Dear Carolyn, I got this paper in the mail called Summons.  It is for jury service.  I just got a new job, and I’m afraid my employer will fire me.  How do I get out of this jury service? – Don’t want to be a juror   Dear “Don’t Want to Be a Juror,” This …

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How to Plan an Event (Part 2)

On Tuesday, we covered the basics of event planning, including choosing the venue, arranging for catering, and hiring a decorator. Today, I’d like to look at what needs to be done as the event approaches.   Two Months Before Event At this point, you should send out your invitations and request guests RSVP (you’ll need …

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How to Plan an Event (Part 1)

For the past several weeks, our firm has been attending event after event – Big Hair Ball, Operation Smile, JDRF, and coming up, the PTI Run on the Runway. We even had a baby shower in February. Today I’d like to take some time to talk about what all goes into planning an event.   …

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Depressed with a New Baby?

Dear Carolyn, I am a new Father, and I think the mother of our new baby is depressed. I am concerned. She seems exhausted and stressed. I am helping and her mother is helping, but there seems to be a problem.  What should I do? – Stressed with New Baby   Dear Stressed, You need …

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