Life Advice



Aging Couple Contemplates Long-Distance Relocation

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband and I are contemplating moving across the country to be near our daughters. We have lived in our home for 45 years. We are both active and in very good health, but unlike many of our friends, we have no relatives anywhere near us.

We have friends and neighbors who are like family. We are also active in our church and ...Read more

News Of Pregnancy Likely To Make Waves Among Group

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: For a long time, I thought I was unable to have children. My doctors told me it would be a difficult process and my chances were low due to chronic illnesses I live with. I have accepted this fact, because having a family was the reason I divorced in my late 20s. My ex didn't want it, and I did, though I didn't yet know I was likely ...Read more

Wife Prepares To Run Off With Husband's Best Man

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to "George" for 35 years. I was pregnant when I married. We had dated only five months. We came from families that believed you had to "do the right thing" and get married. I love my husband, but never as deeply as I thought I should.

I had feelings for someone else ("Dennis") before I got married, but we were ...Read more

Brother Puts Abusive Wife Ahead Of Remaining Family

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My older brother has had a tumultuous marriage to a manipulative, alcoholic, just-plain-mean woman. It has been bad over their entire 40-year marriage, including her physically assaulting him.

He called the police the last time and had them take her away. She eventually kicked him out, and he went to stay at our younger brother's ...Read more

Wife Has No Plans To Join Husband's Family Business

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband's family won't stop asking me when I'm going to quit my job and work for my husband. My mother-in-law worked for my father-in-law at their small business for pretty much her whole career. My husband recently bought his dad's business, which is going really well.

I have been ambitious in my own career, and I'm climbing the ...Read more

Mother-In-Law Shows Clear Signs Of Serious Problems

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am fortunate to have a great relationship with my in-laws. We live half a continent apart, so although we video chat often, we get to see them in person only two or three times a year. They are recent retirees, and we are planning to relocate together to a new location that is closer to my family and would be a desirable place for ...Read more

Family Friend Is Sidelined Amid Milestone Celebrations

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been friends for 20 years with a kind and caring woman, "Brenda." We always shared life moments, until recently. I thought of her children as my own. Her son got married (not in a formal or traditional wedding) and didn't want anyone there except his parents, siblings and a few friends. I was hurt that I wasn't included, since ...Read more

Flirtation With The Past Endangers Stable Present

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been married to a wonderful man for 17 years. Recently, I reconnected online with an old high school flame. We have been talking about my hometown, which is where he lives. So many things have changed! I moved away more than 30 years ago and have been missing it lately.

While texting, my old BF hinted that he loves me. I have ...Read more

One-Sided Relationship Seems A-Ok To Boyfriend

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend and I have been together for eight years. We live separately, and I live with my son. The problem is my boyfriend says he loves me but doesn't seem to like spending time with me. He would rather mow my lawn than spend that same amount of time just hanging out with me.

We used to see each other several times a week, ...Read more

After 25 Years With Girlfriend, Man Remains Married To Wife

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been with my partner, "Hank," for 25 years, but although he is legally separated, he is still married. We have lived together for 24 of these 25 years. He has two adult children with his wife. I used to be married and have two adult children with my ex-husband. Hank and I have one child together (now an adult), as well.

Should...Read more

Angry Daughter Retaliates As Mother Halts The Gravy Train

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: Over the course of 12 years, my husband and I have gifted more than $400,000 in down-payment money to our adult daughter and her husband. Both are now in their mid-40s. I gave them most of this money behind my husband's back.

Recently, my daughter has been pressing me for more money, saying, "good grandparents/parents help their kids...Read more

Wife Discovers Husband Is Up To His Same Old Tricks

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I did some investigating and recently found out my husband of 28 years has been corresponding with other women. This is the second time I have caught him. He's sworn that nothing ever developed out of it, but I can't help but wonder how far it would've gone had I not discovered it.

Should I walk away and start over, or stay in this ...Read more

Ex Still Devastated By Girlfriend's Betrayal

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I still obsess over my first love, even though we broke up 21 years ago. We grew up in a poor mill town, where I was a frustrated, mediocre athlete. She was a cheerleader. We shared fundamentalist religious beliefs that, along with poor access to contraception, led to our decision to "save ourselves for marriage" during our five-plus ...Read more

Friendship Reforged Before Being Completely Abandoned

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a male scientist at a large university. Four years ago, I was surprised to receive an email from someone with whom I'd been friends many years ago, when he was a postdoctoral fellow in our department. We were good friends back then, but we lost contact when he moved east and quit research. He now works in computer security. After...Read more

Senior Boyfriend Kept Kids' Ages Under Wraps

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I have been dating my man for seven years. When we got serious, he told me he had kids. Because we are seniors, I assumed his kids were adults. I recently found out that the kids are teenagers! He is very involved in their lives.

The problem is, their mother calls him constantly about bills for her house and what the kids need. He ...Read more

Siblings Fail To Support One Of Their Own After Loss

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My husband passed away from COVID in 2021. A year later, after it was safe to socialize, I had a memorial dinner to commemorate him. Not one of my seven local siblings attended. They said, "That was for HIS family." I didn't argue or try to convince them that I needed them. It was terribly embarrassing when my friends and my husband's...Read more

Mother Doesn't Want Son's Girlfriend At Every Event

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My son is a sophomore in college. He has been dating a girl he met at school for almost a year. Her family no longer speaks to her for reasons I don't know. I have included her in our family holidays, but she later tells my son that she thinks I don't like her.

It causes problems for me when I visit him at school, which is often ...Read more

Man Asked His Girlfriend To Decline A Wedding Role

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a 29-year-old man who has been with a fantastic woman, 25, for the last year. I believe she is The One. We have moved quickly and have already settled into an apartment together.

Recently, she was asked to be a bridesmaid in a wedding between her ex's cousin and a friend she met through her ex. Her ex will be a part of the ...Read more

Relative Reveals Sordid Story To Prevent Wedding

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: My boyfriend of three years recently proposed. The issue is he's the great-nephew of the man who jilted my great-aunt at the altar in the 1970s. My aunt dated his great-uncle for financial reasons, which she has admitted. She tried to ensure he would stay with her by "baby trapping" him and telling him he had to marry her. He agreed ...Read more

Wealthy In-Law 'Forgets' Promise Made To Widow

Life Advice / Dear Abby /

DEAR ABBY: I am a widow. I supported my husband during our entire marriage with no help from his wealthy parents. My husband died before his father did. After my father-in-law's death, I received nothing. My sister-in-law told me she would give me $5,000, but she would invest it for me and give it to me after I retire.

Well, that was 10 years ...Read more



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