Monday, March 30th, 2020

Author: Carolyn J. Woodruff

About Carolyn J. Woodruff

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Dear Carolyn,     I just broke up with my ex boyfriend, and I am worried. My boyfriend has some sexually explicit photos of me (and us) when things were more blissful. How do I get these pictures back? What if my ex puts one of...

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Ask Carolyn: Feb. 21, 2020

I am most concerned about my best girlfriend from college. We both got married, but we have kept in touch with each other. When she started dating the guy she later married, I was concerned about his character. Something just was not right but I could not put my finger on it. Today, I learned what I feared. She is a long-term victim of domestic violence, some incidents serious. One was a broken bone. I’ve even found she has a medical diagnosis of adult abuse and the doctor’s note suggests battered wife syndrome. What is this battered wife syndrome? What should I expect? How can I help my friend?

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Ask Carolyn: Jan. 31, 2020

Dear Carolyn, What a stressor the holiday was! I have two sons, who are ages 4 and 7. While this should be a blessed time for all the holiday fanfare, it isn’t, and why? The 7-year-old believes that I favor the 4-year-old. And,...

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Ask Carolyn: Jan. 24, 2020

Dear Carolyn: I have a case going on with the Guilford County Department of Social Services. The social worker advised me not to get an attorney – that it would be worse for me if I got an attorney and that I don’t need one...

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Ask Carolyn: Jan. 17, 2020

Dear Carolyn: I am thinking about separating from my wife of 10 years. She is a doctor and makes a lot more money than me. I am a school teacher and make extra money coaching, but she still makes a lot more than me. Neither of...

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Ask Carolyn: June 7, 2019

I am worried about my child’s travel outside the United States this summer. The father, who was born in India, wants to take our child to India. I think travel is a wonderful education, but the child is only six, and I have more concerns than I can write.

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Ask Carolyn: May 10, 2019

I just got a subpoena to testify in a trial. I am not sure how this all goes. What should I do?Carolyn Answers…Testifying is both easy, and hard. The easy part is: tell the truth! The hard part is listening. Yes, I said listening.

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Ask Carolyn: May 3, 2019

I have two childrenages 5 and 8. I am in a divorce. Dad has half time,and I have half time. Theproblem is screens. I disagree with the way Dad allows the 5- and 8-year olds to use screens. There are virtually no restrictions. The 5-year-old is gaining weight from lack of physical activity.

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Ask Carolyn: April 19, 2019

My ex, the mother of my child, and I are in child custody mediation. Our son is age four, andhe is rambunctious, to say the least. I would like for our parenting agreement to include a provision requiring that neither parent can use corporal punishment, i.e.,spanking.

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Ask Carolyn: April 12, 2019

Dear Carolyn,I caught my teen son texting me while he was driving our family automobile. That reallyworries me. His father and I are divorced, and I tried to talk to his father about it. However, his father doesoutside sales and uses his cell phone while he is driving. I feel that this is a very bad influence on our son. What are the rules? What should I do?

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Ask Carolyn: April 5, 2019

My mother is elderly and has dementia. My sister is acting as her power of attorney, and of course,has her check book. Now, my sister has has a new car she cannot afford. I think she is stealing money from my elderly mother, or at least scamming her out of the money. What can I do? My sister is greedy and a phony scammer. She is not who she pretends to be in her church.

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Ask Carolyn: Jan. 3, 2019

Dear Readers, This week Ask Carolyn explains why you shouldn’t lie about the date of separation to obtain a divorce. And, what you should do if your divorce is a toxic waste dump.   Dear Carolyn, I had agreed todivorce in...

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Ask Carolyn…8/17/17

Ask Carolyn… Dear Readers, Today’s Ask Carolyn is a three-part response to a lengthy letter from “Desperately Seeking, A Concerned Mother and Grandmother.” I have broken the letter down into three parts, as I see at least three...

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