Steer Clear

Dear Short Answers: I got divorced over 20 years ago from a woman with whom I had a pretty rocky 10-year marriage. We still bump into each other (accidentally) from time to time and we’re cordial to each other. Last week, I received a packet of photos in the mail from her that had been [...]

Definitely Worth a Try

Dear Short Answers: My wife and I have had a miserable marriage since the beginning. In all honesty, the only reason we’ve stayed together at all is because of the sex (which is great). We were seriously talking about divorce but then she just found out that she was pregnant. Would it be wrong to [...]

Kid Stuff

Dear Short Answers: Two good friends of mine recently broke up after a 2-year relationship. Both of them seem angry at each other and are trying to get their friends to take sides. Each has basically said that if I see the other person, they won’t talk to me anymore. I like them both and [...]

It’s All about the Questions

Dear Short Answers: A very close friend of mine (with a lot of money) married a much younger woman about 2 years ago. Fortunately, he has a pre-nuptial agreement in place but that becomes void after three years of marriage. I know for a fact that his wife is sneaking around behind his back and [...]

Don’t Quit Your Day Job

Dear Short Answers: A prominent local politician in my town is getting divorced from his wife. I only know this because he told me (confidentially) that he is putting his house on the market (I am a real estate agent). Elections are coming up soon and I feel that I have an obligation to tell [...]

The Devil in Divorce

Dear Short Answers: I recently met a woman who I think I would like to marry.  She has 3 kids from a previous marriage and shares joint custody with her former husband.  The problem is that her ex seems like a really great guy.  He’s a wonderful dad, he’s smart, he’s fun to be around.  [...]

Dangerous Territory

Dear Short Answers: A couple I know quite well is in the midst of a very bitter divorce.  The wife is suing for half of his assets, alimony and child support.  I happen to know for a fact that she has been cheating on him for the past 2 years.  I hate to see the [...]

You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know

Dear Short Answers: Two good friends of mine have recently separated after being married for many, many years. The wife has confided in me that she found out her husband was cheating on her. The husband denies it but can’t convince her that he has been faithful. I happen to know that the husband is [...]

Never Mix, Never Worry

Dear Short Answers: What is the etiquette for inviting a divorced couple (along with their new significant others) to a dinner party?  I like them both and would love to meet their new partners but I’m not sure how to handle this.  I don’t want to ruin a good party if they start arguing or [...]

Why Buy the Cow When the Milk’s So Cheap?

Dear Short Answers: My girlfriend wants to get married.  The trouble is that we really need the alimony she gets from her ex. How do I make her understand that? The BF Dear BF: We are not prudish but it strikes us as nothing short of offensive of you to be living off another guy’s [...]

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