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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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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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Borderline Personality Disorder and Divorce

Today’s Ask Carolyn addresses Borderline Personality Disorder and how it can affect the divorce process. Borderline Personality is a Cluster B personality disorder characterized by unstable behavior, moods, and relationships. BPD is challenging to deal with in relationships, and can become even more difficult during divorce.   Dear Carolyn, My custody file is at least a …

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Here are 5 more crazy divorce stories!
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5 More Crazy Divorce Stories

One of my most popular posts last month was about crazy divorce stories, including the incredible saga that was the Wee Man’s Chronic Tacos custody hearing. Since so many people have been enjoying them, I’ve dug around the internet and found five more crazy divorce stories to delight and appall you. Fighting Dirty An ex-wife …

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How to Make the Holidays Magical as a Divorced Parent

Being divorced is difficult, and being divorced with kids during the holidays is even more so. But though it may be difficult for you, it doesn’t have to be for your children. Below are tips for making the post-divorce holiday season fun and love-filled for you and your kids. Make the holiday about the children. …

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Crazy divorce stories to make you feel better about yours.
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7 Crazy Divorce Stories to Give You Perspective

There’s nothing quite like divorce to bring out people’s true colors (except maybe Monopoly), so unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of crazy divorce stories floating around. Below, attorneys, ex-spouses, and family members from Reddit share some of the ridiculous antics and plot twists they’ve witnessed, with stories ranging from hilarious to horrifying. If you think your …

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How you love others can teach you how to love yourself.
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How to Be Single Again: Living and Loving Yourself

by Venn Crawford, Marketing Assistant Last week, we discussed embracing change as a part of recovering from a breakup or divorce. Today I’d like to suggest a change which helped me tremendously – learning how to love yourself. Yes, it sounds vague and empty. People always tell you that “you need to love yourself,” but …

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Being single again can be scary and lonely -- but it can also be a good time to grow.
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How to be Single Again: Letting Change Happen

by Venn Crawford, Marketing Assistant In college, I had a roommate whose world shattered every time she went through a breakup. She always blamed herself, couldn’t cope with being single again, and ended up convinced she was at fault. Most of those breakups were with the same on-again-off-again boyfriend. It wasn’t just the one roommate …

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Preparing to Win: What Happens Before Trial?

Shows like Law and Order depict lawyers winning cases with confident arguments and saucy comments. However, charisma doesn’t make a trial lawyer successful – trial preparation does. Each case hinges on having the proper information prepared and having the right evidence to build on. Because lawyers prepare for trial behind the scenes, we don’t often …

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