Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
I am an older IT professional who had a very successful career until a year ago. I was part of a major layoff at the company I worked at for many years. I have not been able to find a job in the IT field since.
I have been married for 13 years but never told my family that I got married. I now want to divorce my husband, but I don’t know how to approach it because he holds it over my head.
Our youngest son recently married a woman who has an 18-year-old disabled daughter, “Lauren.”
I gave birth to my daughter three months ago, after 44 grueling hours of labor.
I thought I had a best friend.
The holiday season is here, with the traditional family dinner get-togethers. Our problem is, our two children (ages 27 and 29) don’t like each other and rarely have contact during the year.
I am a shy, 30-year-old woman. I stay at home with our 10-month-old, primarily because of our family’s financial situation.
I am a 17-year-old girl who has been in a long-distance relationship for two years.
I have been married to my husband for five years.
I’m worried for my son. He’s going on his first business trip in January – to Japan. He doesn’t drink alcohol. (He’s not an alcoholic; it’s his personal choice.)