I have a friend I don't see too often, and we've drifted apart, but occasionally we'll get together with other mutual friends. The problem is that he's said a few things that have offended my wife. Now my wife doesn't want me to get together with my other friends if he's going to be there and gets mad at me if I want to.
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I not only pay my ex-wife child support and alimony, but I also end up covering extra expenses that should come out of what I already pay her. She continues to mismanage the money I give her to the point where our kids call me anytime they need money for something.
I’ve been divorced from my husband for the past two years. Recently, my ex-husband wrote me a letter telling me that he forbids me from going to his family gatherings. I certainly won’t attend when he’s in town. However, his siblings sometimes invite me when he’s out of town and I feel I should go. Am I doing something wrong by having relationships with them?
I am a widow. I was married for 20 years before my husband died. He's been gone for two years and I'm lonely. I have jumped into the dating pool, but when I go out on dates, I feel like I am cheating on my dead husband. How do I overcome this?
Your Hardest Family Question: How can I listen to my friend’s marriage issues without getting emotionally invested?
I'm noticing that as I listen to and help my friends, I can feel that familiar anxiety creeping in again. I know my husband is in a good place and I want to believe that the changes he is making are permanent, but I feel flashes of fear as these women come to me.
My frustration is not necessarily the kids, but what happens to my husband when they are here. As soon as they arrive, it’s as if we’re not even married anymore. He schedules things that don’t include me, he won’t acknowledge me when I enter the room if he’s hanging out with them, and he generally becomes more cold and aloof toward me.