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Ask Carolyn: June 21, 2018 Carolyn Woodruff

Dear Readers, Today’s second Ask Carolyn addresses separation as a potential tipping point for suicide and discusses the recent suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, both of whom were separated from their spouses.   Dear Carolyn, I am in the midst of a divorce, and I am devastated, alone and constantly depressed. I lost …

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Ask Carolyn: June 7, 2018 Carolyn Woodruff

Our first reader today finds herself in a very difficult situation: her husband is abusing opioids and alcohol, and their children are aware. She knows divorce is the only option if her husband won’t get clean, but is worried, as he supports their family. Our second reader has been separated for some time, and wants …

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Fraudulent Tax Returns and Child Support Carolyn Woodruff

Dear Carolyn, I have an example of corruption that exists in the family court system in North Carolina. My ex-wife is requesting increased child support. When I requested all of her financial documents, she provided fraudulent tax returns to the courts in order to gain increased child support payments from me. When I advised the …

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Cyberstalked by the Ex-Spouse Carolyn Woodruff

Dear Carolyn: My ex-spouse is harassing me with emails and text messages. This ex is saying very mean, nasty things and calling me names. It just won’t stop. I hate to give up my cell phone number and my email address, as it would be quite complicated to change. I feel threatened. It’s like I …

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Rent, Real Estate, and Alimony Carolyn Woodruff

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? Carolyn Woodruff

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 Carolyn Woodruff

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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