Carolyn Hax / Life Advice

Wondering if Abuse is Real

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

Our daughter is divorcing after a 25-year marriage and wants us to divorce our son-in-law, too. We have known him since the two were teenagers, and we love him as a son.

Our daughter is ...

Obsessed With Her Phone

Dear Carolyn:

My wife of 20 years has become obsessed with her phone. She is constantly checking Facebook, texts and email, while seeming to ignore me and our three kids at home and in the car. While I drive, her head is always down, staring ...

Brat Stole My Venue

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I did some research and found my perfect wedding venue: not expensive, halfway between his family and mine, lodging on site, in the woods ... I got all excited about it and told a ...

Wedding Ring Keepsakes

Dear Carolyn:

My mother gave me her old wedding rings when I married my first husband. I wore them until he died, and for some time after. I am now remarried, and the rings are put away. Twice now my mother has offered these rings to other ...

Missed Something

Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn:

I am happily engaged to a wonderful man. He is renovating a condo that we will move into this summer, so I have picked up his share of the household chores.

I also have some habits from ...