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Heartbroken woman receives abuse at home

Dear Amy: I recently experienced a terrible heartbreak. This has changed the way I view the world (and myself), and I find myself having trouble trusting other people. Basically, it’s been a very tough time for me emotionally.

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Man with reunion crush wants to connect

Dear Amy: I never thought I’d be writing to an advice columnist, but I am recently divorced. My wife and I were separated for years, so my non-relationship time is quite long. I don’t date and had no intention of looking for another relationship.

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Bride-to-be feels upstaged by another wedding

Q: My partner of six years and I are getting married in September of next year and have been planning our wedding for about three months. My fiance’s younger sister, “Laura,” has been dating “Michael” for about two years. Rumor has it -- my fiance’s mother informed me – that Michael and Laura have been shopping for engagement rings. I really love them both and I am very excited for them.

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Mom can help lovesick teen become Wonder Woman

Dear Amy: I have a lovely daughter who just turned 13. She’s happy, smart, kind and caring. During the last school year (seventh grade) she asked if she could date a boy. At first I said “no.” Then she insisted that it would only be a simple silly “kid dating” thing, and I then allowed it. Fast-forward to six months later, and things have changed.

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Priced out of friend’s wedding

Q: My friend is getting married. It started with the idea of having a small ceremony in the park, going to her place afterward for dinner. Later we would put our children to sleep under a baby sitter’s care and go out dancing to a club. Then it changed into something bigger – rustic setting with bridesmaids but still a bit casual. Now it has blown into a big fancy place with matching outfits for bridesmaids. All seven bridesmaids have families with kids, and are now required to have same color dresses and professional makeup. My family is on one income and the expenses come up to over $1,000. How can I get out of it without hurting her feelings or breaking my bank (or robbing a bank)?

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Gambling addict has family in hock

Dear Amy: My mother-in-law has a gambling addiction. She gambles away her and her husband’s incomes, and takes out payday loans. We are constantly barraged with calls from debt collectors looking for her; she has stolen money from people (including her own children); she has gambled away land that had been in her family for more than 100 years; she has taken out a credit card in my husband’s name and not paid it, putting a huge black mark on his previously impeccable credit.

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