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  1. Shared finances are ties that bind son, mom

    Dear Abby: I'm a 22-year-old college student. My boyfriend of seven years and I are engaged. Because we were high school sweethearts, we have watched each other grow into the people we are today.

  2. Responsibility for birth control falls on both men and women

    Dear Abby: I am sick to death of hearing about people who have too many kids and the hardship it imposes.

  3. Wife is unwilling to care for difficult mother-in-law

    Dear Abby: My mother-in-law is 80 and in the early stages of Alzheimer's. She lives alone an hour and a half from us. She also has a professional who takes care of her once a week. My husband, '

  4. After violence, pair mulls reconciliation

    Dear Abby: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered.

  5. Broken engagement ring to shine again

    Dear Abby: I was engaged several years ago, but the engagement didn't last. We broke up and I gave him back his ring. We remain close friends, however, and hang out at least once a week.

  6. Baby's adoption to leave hole in grandma's heart

    Dear Abby: My teenaged daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision.

  7. Family fears teen will fall under boy's influence

    Dear Abby: My son's wife passed away very recently. He works days, so I have been helping him by looking after his 15-year-old daughter, 'Leyla.'

  8. Cousin's kids push bride's guest limit

    Dear Abby: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin 'Emily' has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations.

  9. Husband's focus on past upsets his wife

    Dear Abby: I'm married to the love of my life. I can't imagine loving a man more than I love '

  10. Young man with heart scar has options for covering it up

    Dear Abby: You printed a letter from 'Self-Conscious in Georgia,' a young man who is insecure about the scar from his heart surgery. I have had three surgeries for congenital defects, my first at 2 years old.

  11. Angry wife resents husband for hiding news of his health

    Dear Abby: When my husband is sick or needs to have surgery, he refuses to tell his family and doesnít want me to. This puts me in a very awkward position. Iím damned if I do tell them because he will be upset with me, and damned if I donít because his family wonít trust me, and I donít want things that way.

  12. Head-over-heels romantics should come back to earth

    Dear Abby: I have been single for a couple of years. I have always been levelheaded when it comes to romance, but I'm finding myself unable to control my feelings about the new man I'm seeing.

  13. Man's affair has ended, but marriage in limbo

    Dear Abby: My husband of 30 years had an affair a year and a half ago. We struggled through the aftermath and are trying to restart our relationship.

  14. Drinking becomes a problem for wife pressured to imbibe

    Dear Abby: I'm not much of a drinker.

  15. Daughter's obsessive stalker ratchets up accusations

    Dear Abby: I am very concerned about my 33-year-old daughter's safety. A man in his mid-60s, someone she met at a previous job, has become obsessed with her.

  16. Teen recognizes parents' emotional abuse

    Dear Abby: I'm a 15-year-old girl who has two younger brothers. My parents are good people, but they can be extremely harsh and cruel. They curse us out and ...

  17. Woman treats her friend's kitchen like an all-you-can eat buffet

    Dear Abby: I have a friend who will help herself to anything in my fridge, pantry, etc. without asking. She also will eat most, if not all, food that's meant ...

  18. Battle of the sexes over sex ignites feedback

    Dear Abby: I just finished reading the letter from 'Pressured,' the wife whose husband keeps track of how often he and his wife have had sex and his ...

  19. Expectant mom with a past must look out for baby

    Dear Abby: Coming out of an abusive relationship in the past, I made some poor decisions. I moved away from home and into pornography and prostitution. I come ...

  20. Naming baby after deceased relative

    Dear Abby: What is the protocol for naming a baby after a deceased person? If the name you want to use is a deceased family member's name, do we ask his next ...

  21. Teen chafes because she's not free to date

    Dear Abby: I'm 16 and so is my boyfriend. He's wonderful. We're very much in love and intend to be together for the rest of our lives, but my mother is causing ...

  22. Diabetic friend has close call in a lake house

    Dear Abby: My husband and I have a lake house and invited a couple (close friends) to join us for a few days. The husband has cancer and has been taking chemo. ...

  23. Man's six-pack abs obsession puts him in some unsafe water

    Dear Abby: I'm a 21-year-old man who has been a successful swimmer in high school and now in college. Over the past few months, I have become obsessed with ...

  24. Family's dirty secret is better left untold

    Dear Abby: My husband's family are hypocrites! They talk about everyone and their problems, yet when something arises in their family, they want it kept hush- ...

  25. Son's clumsiness may have a physical cause

    Dear Abby: In short, my son is a klutz ó to the point that it affects his self-confidence.

  26. Abusive father makes gathering painful

    Dear Abby: I adore my son-in-law, 'Tom.' He's a wonderful husband to our daughter. He's always inviting us to dinner, along with his parents and family. We get ...

Advice & Perspectives

Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. It is the most popular and widely syndicated column in the world -- known for its uncommon common sense and youthful perspective.

Abby began working at age 14 under the tutelage of her mother, who founded the Dear Abby column. As a young girl, Abby answered letters from other teens under the training and supervision of her mother. In 1987, Abby assumed all the writing responsibilities for Dear Abby.

Abby receives more than 10,000 letters and e-mails per week. More than 80 percent of the correspondence she receives comes from readers between 18 and 49. The majority of the rest comes from people under 18.

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