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New Show ‘Single Parents’ Is Hilarious!

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Single parents lean on each other and drink wine in new ABC comedy
by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press
Maybe it’s because I’ve been a single parent for 11 years, or maybe it’s simply because I am a parent (regardless of marital status), but when I saw the preview for the new ABC sitcom, “Single Parents,” I laughed hysterically.
The show, with stars that include Brad (more...)

Why Couldn’t He Change For Me?

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One of the most difficult aspects of a break up or a divorce is seeing the other person become involved with someone else, and not only appearing to be blissfully happy, but appearing to be the perfect spouse! It’s crazy, it’s infuriating, it’s hard to comprehend. Now he’s doing all these things with this other woman—things YOU desperately wanted him to do, but he wouldn’t. So, you&(more...)

Who Are The Best Divorce Lawyers?

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“Who are the best divorce lawyers?” is a question I get from a lot of readers, and it’s a question I can’t answer because really, the question should be, “Who is the best divorce lawyer for me?”
The best divorce lawyer for one person might not be the best for someone else. There are so many factors in choosing a divorce lawyer who will do the best job for you and (more...)

Dating Advice: 7 Questions To Ask On The First 3 Dates

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Here’s some dating advice to help you determine if you’re truly ready to go after your goal of having a long-term, successful relationship:
Picture this: You’re on the 3rd date with someone you really like – and who seems to like you. Can you imagine yourself saying something along these lines?
I think it’s pretty clear we like one another – and I think you’re a terrific guy/girl. (more...)

Having Girlfriend Problems?

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Girlfriend problems are pretty common, according to life coach, Dr. Lisa Kaplin. So common, that I decided to write my Love Essentially column on reasons why friendships can end, and how handle a girlfriend who decides she just doesn’t want to be your girlfriend anymore.
When Your Girlfriend Isn’t Your Girlfriend Anymore
by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group
There’s nothing worse than the end of a romantic relationship. In a breakup, (more...)

On My Birthday I Will Be Present And Open Presents

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Today is my birthday. I’m 53 and I want to share some thoughts on how to be present and what that means to me.
 
A few months ago, I was having an argument with someone and he said, “You know what your problem is? You’ve never had anything bad happen to you. That’s why you write about all this stupid divorce drama.”
 
OK… First of all, my dad (more...)

Dating Advice: Mixed Signals Means She’s Mixed Up

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Here is an email from a reader (in his late-twenties and recently divorced) seeking dating advice. He is seeing a woman who is 7 years older than he is. The two have known each other for awhile, and she reached out to him when she heard he was divorced.
 
After she had reached out to me, I asked if we could get together over a drink/dinner to simply catch up. We ended up meeting for dinner the (more...)

Should I Keep Dating A Guy Who Isn’t Divorced Yet?

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I get a lot of questions from readers wondering if dating a guy who isn’t divorced yet is a good idea. Here are two:
 
An online prospect won’t go out with me until my divorce is finalized…
 
I’m heading into the permanent separation stage with the outcome being divorce. I have been married for 27 years and have two grown children. The last 10 years have been absolute misery. I (more...)

No Right Or Wrong Answers For When To Sell Your Ring And What To Do With The Money

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Ever wonder what other divorced women do with their engagement and wedding rings? People pretty much assume you either sell your ring, or put it in a jewelry box drawer, where it stays forever. Well, here are some real answers. For this week’s Love Essentially column, I asked a couple different Facebook groups, “What did you do with the money you got from selling your rings?” What was so interesting was, the responses were so (more...)

Alcohol Addiction And Divorce Often Go Hand In Hand

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 I remember hearing awhile back that alcohol addiction was the number one cause of divorce. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, I wouldn’t be surprised. Alcohol addiction and divorce go hand in hand if the addict doesn’t get help. Read this reader’s story:
 
My husband and I are in our 60’s and have been married for 22 years. We are in (more...)