Boomerang Blues

Dear Short Answers:Our son just moved back home after living on his own for several years in another city. He is an adult now and we try not to make too many rules but he and his girlfriend were having a VERY good time this weekend and the sounds were “uncomfortable” for us and kept [...]

There Is a Lesson in This

Dear Short Answers: Can my ex refuse to give me my furniture after he’s kicked me out? Bereft Dear B: If you had no legal agreement, he can do whatever… 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Once Burned, Twice Careful

Dear Short Answers: Completely out of the blue, my boyfriend dumped me. It wouldn’t be such a problem except that I gave up my apartment to move into his house and even bought some new furniture. Now, he kicked me out and refuses to give me my furniture. He says that it makes up for [...]

Will and Grace?

Dear Short Answers: I just broke up with my boyfriend and at least for now we can’t afford to get separate places so we have to stay living together. Fortunately, we have 2 bedrooms. The other morning, I saw a guy sneaking out of my ex-boyfriend’s bedroom. I never imagined that my BF might be [...]

Stop, Look, Listen

Dear Short Answers: I live with my BF of 6 years. We had everything planned out, getting married in early 2011, new house next year, kids in 3-4. However, now he says he’s not yet ready for these things and doesn’t know when he will be. How long do I wait for him before I [...]

How to Build a Lifeboat

Dear Short Answers: I would like to move out on my own but I am the single parent of a toddler.  How do I do it? Treading Water Dear Treading: 1.  Get a job 2.  Find daycare 3.  Look for housing near #1 & #2 Good luck. 1 person likes this post. Unlike

Home Free?

Dear Short Answers: Our son has arranged an unpaid internship at a NY publishing company after his college graduation. We’ve agreed to support him partially, but have declined to sign a sublease for him. Does that make sense to you? Parents of the Grad Dear Parents: No, it doesn’t make sense — not in NYC.  [...]

Live Close By, Visit Often

Dear Short Answers: I am getting ready to move out of my mother’s house. However, there are family issues that are preventing me from finally getting my own apartment. 1. My grandmother lives with us. She is 79 and growing senile. 2. I have a 4 year old brother who is a handful. My mother [...]

You Go Girl!

Dear Shortanswers: For the past 7 years, my husband has been saying that he is going to get his life in order. Now we have children and life is still the same.  He is in a job that doesn’t pay, he drinks way too much, and we never have sex. I stay because of the [...]