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Divorced and Dating, But No Kids, Please

by: Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC

Dear Toni:

I’m a 54 year old divorced guy with two college-aged children. I was married for many years and didn’t start dating until I had been divorced for about one year. I’m meeting some very nice women online, but I’m frequently encountering an issue I could really use some help with. It seems that many of the women I am attracted to are a bit younger and have children who are not yet grown. The issue for me is that I have been there and done that and I just don’t want to do any more hands-on parenting.

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Her husband won't go to marriage counseling

by: Jim Duzak, JD.

Dear Jim: My husband and I have been married just two years, but he’s already started to disengage from me. He spends every night and most of the weekend on the computer. Some of it is for work, but he also spends hours on fantasy sports sites or playing video games (he says they help him “decompress”.) I’m asleep before he comes to bed most nights, and I’m feeling he’s becoming more of a roommate than a husband.

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Great guy, not-so-great dad

by: Cynthia MacGregor

No matter how negative your feelings about marriage were when you first got divorced, there comes a time in almost every divorcée’s life when she starts dating again and even thinking that a second marriage may lie in her future.

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Second marriage presents blending challenges

by: Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC

Dear Toni:

I’m a 45 year old woman who is almost a year into my second marriage. My husband Harry and I both have kids from our first marriages. He has a boy, 13 and a girl, 11 and I have two boys, 10 and 8. When we met, and throughout the time we dated, we were always able to talk about our kids and offer each other suggestions or just be a supportive sounding board when one of the kids was presenting a challenge.

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Beyond death do us part

by: Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC

Dear Toni:

I am a 40 year old, recently widowed female. Six weeks ago, my husband of only four years shot himself on our back porch. Since then I have been lost and struggling. We were just at the beginning of our life together. Mike was a professional who had started his own (struggling) business. I have a good career, and we had purchased a home together that I told him, at the time, I would never have bought without him as it really requires a guy who is great with his hands to maintain. But here I am, all alone with a house that is beyond my ability or desire to keep up, memories of a relationship I believed would be there for many years, and my dream of becoming a mother, possibly destroyed.

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Marriage by Consensus

by: Jim Duzak, JD

Dear Jim:

I’m 31 and seriously thinking of marrying a man my friends think isn’t right for me.

I’m a branch manager of a bank and finishing up my MBA on weekends. “Chris” is my age, but only completed one year of college. After that, he enlisted in the Marine Corps and is now an EMT. My friends feel that the educational disparity between us will eventually kill our relationship.

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Losing my wife to my children

by: Toni Coleman, LCSW, CMC

My wife Laura and I have been together for eight years and married for six, and we have two wonderful daughters, ages four and two. We recently purchased a home, both of us are successfully in business for ourselves, and we are financially stable. In other words, we have a lot on our plates but are very fortunate and have so much to be thankful for. With all we have our marriage and family life should be going well, right? Unfortunately it isn’t, and as our arguments have become more frequent so has the strain and emotional distance between us.

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A Father's Day gift

by: Tammy Greene, HAD expert

It seems to me that Father’s Day does not get the attention it deserves. It has traditionally taken a serious backseat to Mother’s Day. Maybe it is because Father’s Day didn’t become a national holiday until 58 years after we decided to annually celebrate our Moms. Maybe it is because, traditionally, mothers have taken on the role to care and nurture while fathers carried the burden of being the provider.

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Stuck in an elevator

by: Bruce Starr

Do you remember TV shows or movies from “yesteryear” when two people got stuck in an elevator together pre-cellphone? After an awkward or even nerve-wracking first few minutes, they settle down and give each other that uncomfortable smile.

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To list or not to list

by: Toni Coleman LCSW, CMC

Dear Toni:

I am a divorced mom who has started to dip her toes into the dating pool, again. I want to do it right this time around and have been reading the great advice on the divorce support center website and talking to other divorced women.

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What kind of single are you?

by: Rossana Condoleo

It’s been many weeks, but what my mother told me over the phone is still echoing in my ears! “You helped so many people find their partner for life and to build a family, but you are still re-Single my dear! Why? A million dollar question!

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