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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...)

For Boris Johnson’s wife, it’s one affair too many. But his party doesn’t care | Suzanne Moore

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The Tories have long known he is a cheat and liar whose only loyalty is to himself. What will it take for them to ditch him?Oh frabjous day, if reports are to be believed, the wife of Boris Johnson finally kicks him out for good. A statement announces their divorce. Marina Wheeler is only ever described as “long-suffering” or as a “high-flying lawyer”. She may well be these things and a lot more besides. (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...)

HELP – It’s the Horrible Homework Hour!

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They’re home, they’re fed, the telly’s off and now it’s the Homework Horror Hour!
A recent survey carried out by the Government’s “Get On” Campaign reveals that 7 in 10 parents are wary of helping their children with their homework and are finding it increasingly difficult to understand and lend a hand in their children’s schoolwork.
Children live and learn in two worlds – home (more...)

Loveless – What Happens When A Divorcing Couple Can’t Escape A Conflict Trap? A Mediator’s Review

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The Russian film Loveless, directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev, is an intense, provocative drama that can be viewed on many levels.    It is a comment on what happens when a marriage breaks down as well as a critique of modern Russian society.  I found that there were aspects of the story that also apply to our American society.  When the film begins, Boris and Zhenya are already going through a divorce.  Their twelve-year old (more...)

How To Get To Grips With Your Finances After Divorce

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Many things change with the end of a marriage and one thing’s for sure: you have to get to grips with your finances.
Credit card bills, household expenses, bank charges, kid expenses, mortgage refinancing, retirement asset transfers … divorce often means having to deal with all of these all at once. It can feel like a deluge and if you haven’t been managing the household finances, it can be overwhelming.
Add to that the emotions (more...)

When You and Your Ex Should Get A Cell Phone for Your Teen

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Years of parenting has led to one inevitable event: the day your teenager asks for a cell phone. While this may not be a surprise, you and your ex must decide together whether getting your teen a phone protects their best interests. If one of you buys a phone without the other’s consent, it may create serious discord between you and your former partner.
There are a number of steps that you should take to decide with (more...)

Getting Divorced During Pregnancy: What To Do

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There is never a good time to come to the realization that your marriage is ending, but discovering that you are on the brink of divorce when a baby is on the way is extra difficult. Pregnancy, as exciting and joyous as it is, brings with it huge amounts of stress for everyone involved, and the added demands of divorce are a lot to shoulder even when the rest of life is running smoothly.
Can You Even Get Divorced (more...)

How To Know You’re In A Bad Marriage

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Do you question if the love you and your spouse once shared is no longer worth sharing? Are you in a place that you consistently second guess your vows to love and cherish the person you once wanted to spend eternity with? These experts may have a few answers to help you understand if you are living in a bad marriage.
It is likely that if you two are in the same room, and exchange little to no words, (more...)