Recently Separated Woman Just Wants the Truth


August 13th, 2014 . Jackie Pilossoph

  Divorced Girl Smiling received this e-mail from a recently separated woman, and honestly, it hurt my heart. My husband of twelve years and I have been separated for a little more than two months and divorce is only around the corner. I'...

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Divorce and Binge Eating: I Get It


July 22nd, 2014 . Jackie Pilossoph

Divorce and binge eating is something I am personally familiar with. Years ago, when I was getting divorced, I can remember being so stressed (a combination of anxiety, anger, fear, sadness, hopelessness) that at times I used food to cope. More than ...

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Dealing With the Pain of Divorce: Sometimes You Just Need to be Crazy


July 5th, 2014 . Jackie Pilossoph

A reader sent me the following e-mail that I can’t resist sharing because it sparks a discussion about dealing with the pain of divorce, and how that pain, which can be gut-wrenching at times, can cause us to act crazy. The reader refers to the ...

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Make No Bones About It: Who Gets Custody of the Dog Can be a Real Issue


June 17th, 2014 . Jackie Pilossoph

  Since I’ve never owned a pet as an adult, I never really thought about the divorce question: “Who gets custody of the dog?” Until I had dinner the other night with my friend Tara, who told me an unbelievable story about how she got cu...

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It’s Complicated! Relationship Advice for A Divorced Woman


June 12th, 2014 . Jackie Pilossoph

The Sun-Times received this letter from a divorced woman asking for relationship advice. Jackie, I am at a point in my life where I am questioning my relationship. I feel like it could be several things, such as not feeling like I have forg...

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